If I could start my parenting journey what would I do differently?
Interesting question.Honestly, I would rather not start again.I have covered a little ground and it has been great.Ups and downs, overall wonderful.But when I think hard about this I realize a few ground work, real and wishful, could definitely make the journey easier.
My 10 point Checklist
1)I would attend the practice breastfeeding session and breast pump practice session(are there those anywhere in Kolkata?).Who knew it would be so difficult? At least it was for me.
2)Make a list of all snacks I could make for Tiffin every day.It has to be different, tasty, nutritious nonmessy. look pretty, not get spoilt and a few more things which I have forgotten!This one is like overcoming a sudoku puzzle.
3)Make playsheets, worksheets, activity sheets according to age.I am making them now, but it’s a race against time. The best way to keep children happy (and mommy gets housework done), is to keep them interested.For that, a lot of research is needed.It’s no less than astrophysics!I wish I could have researched this when she was still inside.
4)No shouting at all in front of the baby. This I rarely do but, even when I do I wish I wouldn’t.
5)Plant more trees in our locality, town, city, country, world.Make the earth cleaner. The air cleaner and greener.
6)Find more moms I like, hoping the children will turn out like them.Then Rai could have good friends.Finding well behaved good playmates, that’s a challenge!
7)Grow ten hands and three heads.Mommy head,Doctor head ,daughter,wife,blogger,author,gardener, et cetera head.Can you do that?Grow heads and hands?I am still researching this one.Very important for coping.
8)Learn martial arts, fighting skills like Devsena(the Bahubali femme fatale).Then I can teach my daughter.I can’t find age appropriate Coaching Centre where I live.Now youtube videos are our best bet.
9)Read even more to her slowly.I tend to read at full speed.This I am trying even now.It has helped develop her vocabulary .language skills, good .story telling skills with little effort.
10)Stress less and Pray more.All will good.
What would you do differently if you could start your parenting journey again?
Writing this for #MondayMommyMoments.