Atiya Darbar and Afra Kochra, co-founders of Kiddiegram, tell you where you need to be this weekend, particular if you fancy eating out with your kids.
By Pooja Duggal, Founder & CEO, Healthhunt.in
The biggest challenge in motherhood, especially for new mothers, is keeping it together 24*7. Diaper changes, hourly feeds, sleepless nights, long days, and a feeling of absolute horror at your own changing body.As a mother, you are always switched-on regardless of the hour or situation. I’ll tell you how I got through the first year with my little one, Aramnaya. The secret is learning to be in a meditative state. For that, I’m thankful to years of practice and dedication to yoga, mindfulness, and meditation. With the incorporation of meditation into daily life, a higher state of consciousness is born within us. Believe me, this isn’t just some voodoo advice. Yoga and dhyana (meditation) helped me:
- Maintain a good balance in life
- Stay composed when this balance de-stabilised from time to time (and it’s completely normal).
But yoga or treadmill or even Pilates won’t make a dent if what you put into your body isn’t right. Even if you’re not “eating for two”, what you eat still matters. It’s a well-known fact that at the time of lactation, a new mother needs just as much nutrition (if not more) as in pregnancy.
Food is not just calories; food talks to your DNA and enables (or disables) your body to do just about anything. So, all the new mommies out there, here’s everything you need to do (and not do) in order to beat stress, nurture your body, stay sharp, and be an absolutely badass mommy, all in all. Bonus: These tips will help you go back to your pre-baby body faster!
- At the risk of quoting cliché, there is really no other hack except to eat healthy and exercise when your body is ready. I had a C-section, so I didn’t exercise for 3 -4 months, except gentle yoga and leisurely walks which helped me tremendously in gaining back my stamina and pre-pregnancy body. Less is more at this time, so don’t you start running marathons just yet. Take it slow.
- The important element is what you eat. The golden hack of weight-loss is – 80% food and 20% exercise. You really are what you eat. I am a very ‘all for natural and organic’ kind of person. And even though I’m proud to say that I managed to practise a healthy lifestyle overall, like every tired, sleepless, new mother, I’ve also given in to some cravings, and enjoyed some rather exquisite treats. Still, I encourage you to read into what’s missing in your body, analyse your food habits, and incorporate these essentials into your diet: All types of lentils and beans, spinach, kale and other green leafy vegetables, almonds, walnuts, eggs, hemp seeds, chia seeds, avocados, ghee, and coconut.
- Don’t compare yourself to other pregnant ladies or to someone who just gave birth. While it’s great to get advice from other new moms, remember the concept of ‘bio individuality’. There’s no one-size-fits-all diet or regimen – each person is a unique individual with highly individualised nutritional and exercise requirements. Personal differences in anatomy, metabolism, body composition, and cell structure determine what really make you feel your best. Find your own routine with your little one and make sure to keep yourself engaged in activities otherwise that give you joy. Find time for yourself; there is no shame in that. Don’t be shy to ask for help. Lastly, switch off from mommy duty for a couple of hours every day.
This is the time to shower the little one with love and affection, and yourself with rest and recuperation. There is no point getting stressed about weight loss and breast feeding. Everything will fall into place with time, trust me. No matter how mentally prepared you are, like I said, there will still be days when you will be overwhelmed. Be sure to stay positive and happy, as a happy mommy makes a happy baby!
There’s nothing quite like a quick getaway, particularly during the madness that usually makes up the Indian monsoons. For the most of us, curling up with a good book and a hot cup of masala chai, sounds like something right out of a fairy tale. For those of us with kids, these are usually pipe dreams. But what if we told you that these dreams are, in fact, quite attainable. Read on to find out some child-friendly destinations that are perfect for your monsoon travels.
ALILA FORT BISHANGARH, JAIPUR
This is a new destination waiting to be explored at leisure. Between the Bishangarh village and the city of Shahpura, Alila Fort Bishangarh is well placed to explore the beauty and charm of rural Rajasthan. The hotel is a combination of innovative design and luxury in unique locations, set apart by an unprecedented level of private space, crafted artisanship, personalised hospitality, and bespoke learning journeys. Fort Bishangarh is a must-vist for anyone looking to escape the wet and dreary monsoons, for perhaps a little bit of sun. Alila Fort Bishangarh—a 230-yearold defence fortress—is hidden away in the Aravalli hills in Rajasthan, a world away from the crowds on the conventional Jaipur-Jodphur-Udaipur trail, and is an hour’s drive from Jaipur. So why does Alila Fort Bishanagarh make for the perfect family getaway destinations? It’s simple. The luxury hotel offers guests:
● Wireless Internet access throughout the resort
● Daily morning Yoga classes based on weekly schedule
● Access to 24-hour gym facilities
● Alila Living toiletries and bath amenities
● Access to PLAY, Alila kids’ club with indoor games and activities
So, what are you waiting for, pack your bags and book your stay now! Additionally, the hotel is currently offering their Gift-to- Share Programme, where 50 per cent of the proceeds after the cost of services, are donated directly to the local school Rajkiya Balika Uch Vidyalaya. The 2-night Gift to Share package starts from `12,000 approx.) per night, based on twin sharing and excluding local taxes. This package also includes daily breakfast and Alila hospitalities.
ONE&ONLY PALMILLA, MEXICO
If international travel is on the cards, we have just what you’re looking for. One&Only Palmilla, Los Cabos, Mexico, set at the edge of the stunning Baja Peninsula, where golden desert sands meet breathtaking turquoise waters has an extraordinary view of the landscape, and beachfront access to one of the few swimmable beaches in the region. The KidsOnly Club is complimentary to its guests, and is carefully supervised by a highly- trained and certified team. A full programme of entertainment and activities is offered daily and tailored for each age group. Activities range from golf, jewellery making, and painting to piñata making, along with educational programmes like Spanish lessons and cooking classes. With KidsOnly at One&Only Palmilla children, age four to 11, get a chance not only to meet playmates but also learn and experience new things while providing parents a little time to relax, unwind and even reconnect.
While the younger guests enjoy their time at KidsOnly, parents can lose themselves at the most celebrated destination spa and wellness retreat in Mexico, One&Only Spa. Inspired by ancient traditions and the most progressive result-driven therapies, a curated collection of treatments enhances each individual journey of rejuvenation and renewal. Highly trained therapists use ESPA products features the purest extracts of natural ingredients, ensuring the experience is both holistically therapeutic and very personal.
Starting at `49,000/- approximately per room, per night, create special moments that will last a lifetime with Sweet Family Escape package. The offer includes:
● Stay four nights, pay for three
● Two children under 12 years of age eat for free
● Daily ice cream
● Complimentary three-hour babysitting service per stay
● One&Only souvenir
● Signature welcome tequila beverage
● Choice of cocktail snacks delivered daily
Book before September 30, 2017 to avail this offer.
JW MARRIOTT WALNUT GROVE RESORT & SPA, MUSSOORIE
Could there possibly be a more scenic view than the Himalayas set against the plush greenery that’s synonymous with the monsoons? Our guess is no. This hilly hideout, while a must-visit all year round, makes for a great place to retreat to, especially if you’re looking to head to higher altitudes to enjoy the rains. Moreover, this resort offers a whole calendar of activities dedicated to its young guests. Some of these include farm walks, salsa lessons and cooking demos, as well as a heated indoor splash pool and a bicycling track with bikes for rent.
The resort’s entertainment centre and kids’ club—The Den—offers their young guests a variety of entertainment options. Spread over 12,000 acres of land, The Den includes a two-lane bowling alley, billiards and pool tables, gaming consoles, creative activities like art and craft, a wellstocked library and board games. This all-in-one entertainment hub also has the additional facility of trained activity managers to ensure the safety of children. The Den also features a marketplace for snacks and beverages.
And if that’s not all, the resort also offers trained nannies for babies to specially curated menus that are perfect for kids. And if a couple is looking to spend some quality time together, they can always indulge in a spa day or avail of one of the resorts unique dining experiences, be it a lunch at the JW farms, breakfast by the stream, a picnic-style lunch at the Pine Forest or lunch at the greenhouse. You’re definitely going to be in the heart of nature.
Now, if you’re travelling with grandparents, the resort has you covered. They’re definitely going to go above and beyond to make sure you and your entire family are comfortable, and having the time of your lives. Some unique experiences catered to the elderly include:
● Yoga at the JW Lawns every morning and on request sessions of Hatha Yoga
● Fitness schedules with experts
● Special diet charts and menus for guests with dietary restrictions
● Connecting and easy accessibility rooms
A stay at this hillside escape ranges between `15,000/- to `40,000/- approximately per room, per night, and entitles guests to:
● Breakfast for two at JW Cafe
● Four course set meal at any of the resort’s specialty restaurants: Trout House Grill and Bar, Teppan or Wisteria Deck.
● 10 per cent discount on spa treatments.
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Monsoon is about playing in the rain, enjoying delicious snacks and basking in the visual treat offered by nature in the form of a rainbow in the sky and greenery all around. Although, most of us welcome this incredible season with lackluster umbrellas and gumboots, let’s do it differently this time. Let us enjoy this monsoon with loads of wacky colours and make our own personalised umbrella designs with the help of some interesting DIY designs. Here are a few interesting designs by Bhavana Mishra, Hobby Ideas Expert that will help you make one-of-a-kind style statement.
PROJECT NAME: Orange umbrella
PRODUCT: Fevicryl Soft Acrylic Colours Dark Green 206, Deep Brilliant Purple 264, Fevicryl Liquid Embroidery White 707.
MATERIAL: A4 Sized White Paper, OHP Sheet, CD Marker, Pencil, Paper Cutter, Colour Palette, Water Container, Sponge, Plain Orange Umbrella
- Take an A4 sized white paper. Draw an ornamental lotus design on it.
- Place an OHP on the drawing and mark the design with a CD marker.
- Cut out the design to make the stencil out of it.
- Sponge dab the floral stencil design on the panels of the umbrella using soft acrylic colours Dark Green 206 and Deep Brilliant Purple 264 respectively.
- Let it dry completely.
PROJECT NAME: Yellow umbrella with elephant
PRODUCT: Fevicryl Soft Acrylic Colours Pearl White 501, Pink 503, Blue 505, Black 506, Fine Art Brushes.
MATERIAL: A4 Sized White Paper, Black Sketch Pen, Pencil, Plain Yellow Coloured Umbrella, Colour Palette, Water Container.
- Take an A4 sized white paper. Draw a cute elephant splashing water on it.
- Place the drawing below the fabric of the umbrella and trace the elephant on it.
- Paint the alternate elephant with water splash on the umbrella panels fully and the other partially using Soft Acrylic Colours Pearl White 501, Pink 503 and Blue 505 respectively.
- Paint the outline of the elephant with Black 506.
- Leave it to dry completely.
- The fully painted elephant will look like this.
BY SIMONA TERRON
The most crucial act for a mother and baby post childbirth is breastfeeding. It is so basic, yet, its benefits are many for both mother and child. The sad truth, though, is that this beautiful bonding experience can sometimes be problematic. Several women are ashamed of admitting that what they’ve been told is a natural and relaxing process, is actually rife with issues that few folks talk about.
WE DISCUSS THE THREE MOST COMMON BREASTFEEDING CHALLENGES AND TELL YOU HOW TO DEAL WITH THEM:
1. Working Moms: New moms face a terrible dilemma: they can either delay their return to work so they can breastfeed their baby for as long as possible to make them stronger and healthier, but stand to risk professional suicide, or they can rely on formula and return to work immediately but deal with missing work constantly, to attend to a sickly child. Solution? Breast pumps. They help you express your milk, which can be stored at room temperature for up to six hours, or refrigerated and fed to the baby while you are away at work. These lifesaving devices even come with a special storage compartment. Introduce your baby to bottle feeding as early as four weeks so they don’t reject it when you return to work.
2. Public Nursing: There is much debate about how appropriate it is for mothers to breastfeed in public. While it is nobody’s business to shame women for this natural activity, you can reduce the potential embarrassment or heckling by doing these simple things:
● Wear loose clothing with easy to open buttons in the front.
● Drape a small blanket or large scarf over your shoulder so it covers your breast and the baby’s head. You even get baby slings or nursing covers.
● Look for a lounge or private room if you are at places like the airport, department store or movie theatre.
3. Pain & Soreness: Not everything about nursing is rainbows and butterflies, so be prepared for a certain amount of pain. Avoiding breastfeeding because of this is foolish as it will lead to overfilling of the breast, which is unbelievably painful and even more dangerous for the mother.
Following these simple tips can work wonders on your breastfeeding journey. Alternatively, consulting an International Board Certifi ed Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in your quest to provide your child with the best nourishment and care, can really go a long way! | MB
Business person or not, your view of the world is most definitely going to be from a completely different lens. Now, when you’re a mother, that word takes on a whole new meaning. It influences the way you look at things, how you deal with everyday situations, but most importantly, how your actions and professional life impact your children. For most women making their way in the male dominated entrepreneurial world, their ventures are, more often than not, considered a hobby or a way to while away their time when the kids are away at school.
We’re here to prove you wrong. Allow us to introduce you to seven women who have not only managed to take care of their homes and families, but are building empires and legacies, one baby step at a time!
DR RUPALI AMBEGAONKAR, 39, CEO and Co-Founder, Tea Culture of the World, Mumba
TCW Tea Pvt Ltd., is a contemporary tea brand that brings the finest whole leaf teas and exotic blends from India and around the world, to your teacup. Tea Culture of the World is a brand under TCW Tea Pvt Ltd. that started off in 2010 as a proprietary company and are now a Private Limited Firm. They have exotic whole leaf teas sourced from across the globe and India; and also signature blends which they have developed over the years.
Meet the founder…
I believe in doing everything with passion and perfection. I put my heart and soul into the task I undertake. As a person, I love travelling, adventure activities like aerial yoga, trekking and exploring new cultures. I am a business woman, a homemaker and mother to a lovely daughter named Katha.
The drive behind your venture…
My motivation came from my sabbatical after I had my baby. I gave up my medical profession to care for my daughter. After five years of staying away from medicine, I was inspired to start my own venture. Moreover, I wanted to create an empire and leave behind a legacy that my daughter could be proud of. As my work demands a lot of travelling, I barely have a personal life. As my daughter is growing up, I give her space to do her own things. My husband is an Orthopedic and he keeps busy with his work. Busy schedules make it extremely difficult to find time. So it is only during the holidays and the weekends that we get to spend fair amounts of time together, and we make the most of it.
Striking that balance…
Running a full-fl edged business keeps me very busy and away from my family. I make up for it by spending quality time with my family and daughter whenever I can. Every year, my daughter and I take a 10 days trip to a new place. I also ensure I spend time with family and friends. But, I won’t lie, it is extremely difficult to spend quality time with your children. When I was a homemaker during my five-year sabbatical, it was easy to spend all my time with my family. Now, when I look back, I realise how crucial that was. Nonetheless, it is about qualitative time and not quantitative time. We tend to appreciate the little things and time spent together.
The next step…
As a mother, it’s a life long journey of learning and improving. I take it all in my stride. And so far, I think I can say that I am managing perfectly. As an entrepreneur, I plan on expanding my e-commerce and retail reach across the globe. We plan on being present in more retail outlets in India and overseas. But that’s not all in store for me. I have a few more ideas that I’m excited about, and working on. But, I will announce them when the time is right.
My advice would be to never give up on your dreams and do what you are passionate about. It is also necessary to keep your family involved, so that it makes the business a more fun experience and your family’s support is definitely a motivational factor for you to aim higher.
NIDHI BATRA, 31, Co-founder and Director, Nirvana Excursions, Mumbai
Nirvana Excursions is a very young and enthusiastic travel brand, that was established in 2013, and specialises in unique travel experiences and customised solutions for the discerning traveller
Meet the founder…
I am an MA in International Journalism from UK, now sucked into the materialistic world of entrepreneurship. Post my return to India, I worked with NDTV as a television producer. After a couple of years in the media, I desired to explore the world beyond, and that led me to quit my media career and enter my family business of construction, where I headed the marketing department and was instrumental in introducing fresh insights and ideas into the business. I also started and successfully ran my own restaurant in Navi Mumbai, but somehow, I still hadn’t found my calling. At least till my husband and I decided to pursue our passion for travel and began our own venture. Our goal was to make travel feasible and fun for the average Indian traveller.
The drive behind your venture…
Nirvana Excursions is my third baby. I am a passionate traveller but I do understand that passion alone cannot drive a business. Striking the perfect balance between profession and passion becomes all the more difficult but I think I am coping well with this. Nirvana Excursions is a full-service travel agency, specialising in creating travel packages across the globe. The main focus of our travel packages is always experience. We have managed to grow every fiscal year and continue our endeavour for tapping new avenues within the travel sector.
Striking that balance…
I am a working mother. I have two boys, a two year old and a fi ve month old, that should give you an idea of what my daily routine looks like. In short it’s crazy. I start my day at 6.30am packing one off to school. I head to work with my infant. I owe it to my super supportive little kids to be nice enough to understand their mum’s lifestyle to travel with me for work. Apart from being a working mum, I am a very hands-on parent, too, so once back, I spend every single moment with my children. I read to my toddler, we go on a mommy-son date and even chat about his day before bedtime.
The next step…
I have big plans for Nirvana and I am going to give it my hundred percent. Success and failure are all part of the journey and I welcome both with open arms. I want to give freshness to the traditional travel business and succeed with a lot of new avenues we are currently tapping. We are working on our Home Agent Programme, which is beginning next month, that’s primarily for stay-at-home and ex-professional moms. Being a hands-on mom, I know the restrictions that come with the birth of our little bundles of joy. This venture is for women who don’t want to work full-time, but be productive when their kids and spouses are away. We are looking to empower these women by giving them work from- home opportunities.
You’ve given birth to a new life; you’re stronger than before and a force to be reckoned with. You’ve even got the battle scars to prove it! The only thing that’s going to stop you, is you. I say go for it. The sky is your limit. Up, up and beyond you go!
AMBIKA ANKIT AGARWAL, 30, Proprietor, The A-Cube Project, Chennai
Founded in May 2012, The A-Cube Project is an innovative event design company that organises bespoke events, complete with a theme woven into their conceptualisation. Each celebration planned has a unique story to tell. At The A-Cube Project, they strive to craft unique stories for every client by incorporating their aesthetic sensibilities, creating bespoke décor and memories that their clients cherish forever.
Meet the founder…
I’m an entrepreneur, struck by wanderlust and all things beautiful. I love creating beautiful spaces and I try to seize that moment and absorb all that it has to offer. I strongly believe that people are blessed with more than one virtue and I do hope that educational institutes and families, emphasise the fact that the journey is more important than the final destination. I completely believe that if u have a vivid journey, nourished with varied experiences, you will eventually arrive at a destination of your choice.
The drive behind your venture…
After my struggle through a rough childhood, fair share of human loss, setbacks and tremendous learning, it’s perseverance and the belief in my talent that drove me to establish myself. As a child, I always knew that I never wanted to be in a bad situation, unable to pull myself out of it, for whatever reason. My mother single-handedly raised my brother and me, after my father lost his fight against cancer, so I knew that I couldn’t be financially dependent on anyone but myself. That’s when I decided to use my creativity and start something of my own. I started at at the young age of 25. I discovered that there was a lack when it came to bespoke events, that were infused with the right degree of quirk. I was fortunate enough to tap that niche market at the correct time.
Striking that balance…
A baby completely changes your life. Before Shanyraa entered our lives, I was responsible only for myself. Today, everything I do, I have to think twice before I do it. Now, every decision I make will indubitably shape the future of my child. Now, I realise how one’s childhood and upbringing adversely affects your future; it shapes your entire life. Somehow, you’ll only notice these things when you have a child of your own. Parenthood means a certain amount of sacrifi ce in the beginning, more so from a mother. I won’t lie, I do miss life before Shanyraa, particularly the amount I used to travel, but I wouldn’t trade motherhood for anything in the world. She’s given me a new purpose, so everything I do, is with her in mind.
The next step…
I’m definitely looking forward to growing and expanding The A-Cube Project, and the plan has been set in motion. Once you find your calling, newer opportunities keep showing up. I’m excited to look into each one of them. I’m also looking to start my own ‘Prop and Quirk’ furniture line soon and hope to go international in the next two years. Having been among one of the top companies to be featured on NDTV’s Wedding Trends, as décor experts earlier this year, we are now looking forward to being one of the few Indian representatives at the Destination Wedding Planners Congress (DWP), in Mexico in April 2018.
The birth of your baby is not the end of possibilities; it’s, in fact, the start of newer ones. A happy child, requires a happy mother. Invest in yourself, believe and do something to enhance your self worth. It will in turn only teach your child to strive for something better, stand up for themselves and do it with pride and a whole lot of joy. Someone once told me, “Some birds aren’t meant to be caged; their feathers are just too bright.” That’s the advice I would like to leave you with.
ROHINA ANAND-KHIRA, 31, Owner and Design Director, AA Living, Mumbai
Ajay Anand Living, is a place to explore an exceptionally well-merchandised world of high quality bed and bath textiles, rugs and accessories. These are products of lasting value, classic design and instilled with a brand that caters to the superb taste of a modern individualist. The brand’s philosophy is simple, they won’t sell you something they don’t love themselves. Their designs inspire creativity, ethical trade, as well as aesthetic beauty. It’s much more than just sourcing and selling products; it’s a way of life that comes highly recommended.
Meet the founder…
Travel is my biggest muse. I love going to trade fairs, seeing historic art and just picking up design sensibilities from so many different cultures. Europe has to be one of my favourites. I find that my personal design aesthetic is quite prominent in the store’s design selection and overall look. There is a sort of sync in my designing, my own personal style and home décor. I tend to stay away from large overwhelming prints, synthetic looking fabric, anything that is heavy on stones and sequins and loud contrasting combinations. I’m a firm believer in the practicality of interior textiles, understanding the customer and then delivering creative beauty.
The drive behind your venture…
For as long as I can remember, I’ve always known that I was made to contribute to the creative arts. As time passed by and I tried my hand at design, I realised that the fashion industry was too saturated. That’s when I began drifting towards interior textiles—an underrated industry. The more I tried my hand at it, and the more my passion grew for it, the more I understood the volcano of design potential that lay untapped. My vision is to merge creativity and quality and make it easily available to all those who want an imaginative home. But more than anything, my work is a reflection of my personality.
Striking that balance…
Scheduling and time management is key when it comes to being an available parent and effective entrepreneur. A typical day for me starts at 8 a.m, and is followed by a healthy breakfast and getting Anneeka ready for school. As soon as she’s out the door, I get cracking with work. I also try to factor in some yoga or a workout, and then spend my afternoon on social media and populating my blog. Late evenings usually see me back to work, and I tend to have nights more or less to myself because that’s when my husband and daughter spend their quality time together.
The next step…
We are starting a full-fledged e-commerce portal by the end of the year, so I’m really looking forward to making our products available to the whole of India. But, more than anything, I’m really excited to announce that I have another baby now and a mommy for the second time. I’m just going to take things one day at a time. It’s hard to predict what’s really in store for me, my family and my business, but I plan on powering through it, one day at a time.
If you had decided not to quit working post your baby, don’t! If work gives you a sense of accomplishment and independence, then keep at it. Everyone goes through tough days, regardless of their marital status, so don’t sweat the little things. Life has a funny way of working things out in it’s own time, so keep telling yourself that everything will be okay.
ATIYA DARBAR (L),AFRA KOCHRA (R), 33 & 31, Co-founders, Kiddiegram, Mumbai
Founded in 2014 by two sisters, Kiddiegram is your one-stop guide to all things children-related, designed for parents on the go. Kiddiegram’s aim is to provide mothers with a platform for quick and easy solutions with regards to home décor, clothing, crafts, events, DIYs, etc. catering to children of different ages. Kiddiegram provides solutions, concisely and in an organised manner, keeping in mind the importance of a parent’s precious time.
Meet the founders…
After marrying at a young age, we decided to venture into the world of business after the births of our second children. We’re both blessed with a son and daughter each (Atiya has a 10-year-old son and a four-yearold daughter while Afra has a six-year-old daughter and a three-year-old son). We live on the opposite sides of the city, so between the two of us, we cover both sides of the city well. Both alumnus of JB Petit High School, Afra graduated with a Bachelors of Mass Media degree from Jai Hind College while Atiya went on to pursue Business Management at Wigan & Leigh College. It was our dedication to our children and fascination with social media that brought Kiddiegram to life.
The drive behind your venture…
With the craze of social media taking over our lives, at the time we began our venture, there was never anyone telling us parents what events to attend with our kids, activities we can do with them to keep them busy or even what products are actually worth buying. As moms we didn’t have so much time for research, so we decided that starting a guide for parents, and one on social media, was really necessary. That was the birth of Kiddiegram. We thought parents needed quick information and fun ideas, and that’s something we take pride in sharing.
Striking that balance…
On a regular school day, we both send off our kids and try and catch up on a morning workout. Post that we attend to emails, finish meetings and plan out our content for Kiddiegram. Once the kids get home we get involved in their homework and after school routines. However some days it’s back and forth between commitments to Kiddiegram and managing the kids. Fortunately for us, our work revolves around our family. The matter of not really spending time with our kids doesn’t even arise, as most events and campaigns require us to involve our children. Kiddiegram turned out to be a perfect job for moms and it rarely takes us away from our kids. As far as our husbands are concerned, they’ve been extremely supportive and encouraging towards this, which is another added bonus.
The next step…
Since both our younger kids are now done with preschool and have just started regular school with longer hours, most of our mornings are free for us to pay more attention to Kiddiegram. We hope to leave our mark by now developing and manufacturing products for children that are still not easily available in the Indian market. Despite all technological advancements, there are still a lot of gaps in the kids retail sector which we hope to fill someday. We definitely have a few ideas in the pipeline, but it’s still too early to tell.
We love the term mompreneur and wear it proudly! In India, despite the changing times, and the fact that husbands do help with childcare, the reality is that the bulk of the responsibility falls to the mothers. However, we believe that if you have a dream and want to pursue it don’t let that fact that you’re a mother, get in the way of that. In fact, we believe it should be the force that makes you want to go out and get it! Just remember, you’re setting an example for your child who’s always watching you. So be proud of what you do. |MB