This week, we had a really cute query on the SOS Mom forum. Mum Devangi Khandelwal is looking for a delightful name for a baby girl starting with ‘A’. Needless to say, our SOS Mom mommies just dived in with joy
We loved most of the names, especially the ones that also came with a meaning! As Devangi clarified later, the name is for a friend who is expecting a baby girl soon. Devangi’s little princess is called Aadya.
- Aanya (means grace and splendour)
- Anaisha (name of a Persian princess / goddess of love)
- Advaita (means unique)
- Adrija (another name for Goddess Durga)
- Ariana (means the holy one in Greek)
- Aashavahaari (filled with high hopes and aspirations)
- Aninditha (pure, virtuous, without any flaws)
- Abir (diamond)
- Aaraisha (beautiful face)
- Aayaas (means blessed baby)
- Anargha (meaning precious)
- Aaraana (goddess Lakshmi)
- Abhinavya (meaning new each time)
With special thanks to:
Saumya Ramdas, Aisha Farhad, Ankita Sushil Sharma, Deepshikha Sarma Thakur, Manpreet Walia, Pragya Singh, Rajnit Kaur, Jha Banna, Astha Vijayvargjya, Priya Varun Tayur, Pooja Kapoor, Garima Sharma, Arpita Yadav, Heer Garg, Meenakshi Nair, Rain Just Rain, Harsha Singh Maurya, Angel Savii, Vinutha T. Suvarna, Snehasikha Sahu, Nams Bali, Kareena Narwani, Prachi Patankar, Sach Jaz, Roopa Harish, Himani Panda, Anuradha Bhadauria, Poonam Sawla, Susana Ekka, Pooja Joshi, Daniel Tamang, Smita Panwar, Sevitha Sriram, Dalia Sinha Roy, Deepika Gardner, Palak Mashruwala, Arpita Apu Mitra, Mehta Jitendra, Arpana Pinky, Pooja Bhandari, Hema Asnani, Natasha Dias, Rutuparna Patnaik, Aditi J Raura, Palepu Shivani, Vasantha Ayalasomayajula, Aniket Patil, Preeti Jain, Shivali Shukla, Kavitha Hagamilal, Lijj Varghese, Panchali Roy Mukherjee, Sheetal Singh, Ami Thakkar Pamnani, Kripa Vijay, Paromita Ghosh, Monica Paul, Rose Kaur, Aarti Jalan Kedia, Sanjukta Banerjee, Shrawani Bose, Poorva Ranjan, Riddhima Kondabathini, Nalin Ranjan, Krystle Vaz, Anushree Shah Jhaveri, Musarrat Haider, Tina Chowdhury Negi, Deepshikha Nath Hazarika, Inderpreet Kaur, Surbhi Shukla, Athira S Krishna, Shipra Ghosh, Loveena D’Souza Kirtani, Anwesha Bhattacharya, Vijaya Lad, Aarti Vedpathak, Kiran Joshi Juglan, Lakshmi Harikrishnan, Leena Bijoy, Kc Castellano-Anolin, Anee K Naik, Sweta Shree, Nidhi Singhal Sangal, Rohan Mehta, Mohan Kumar, Gareema Burman Sehrawat, Christina Davison, Puja Sood, Chinnu’s Crafts, Puja Sood, Pinky Rai Pradhan, Akshaya Aquarian, Suman Sharma, Pavani Sucharitha Yarra, Dilpreet Parmar, Agarwal Sunita, Vijaya Dudeja Mahlawat, Nayna Sheikh, Safoora Firdausi Mudassir, Roopa Mv, Jyoti Pur, Swati Verma Mathur, Shreya Chakravarty Bhattacharya, Parul Malhotra, Sonam Sarawagi, Honey Bindra, Anamika Chauhan, Sneha Joshi, Annu Das, Kanchan Ahuja, Smitha Srivastava, Arpita Mondal, Sumiti Budhiraja, Preeti Ved, Ashwini Tandale, Amulya Raj Kammili, Tiny Bahri, Basabendu Madhab Sarkar, Meghna Saxena, Preethy Thomas Nazare, Barkha Kataruka, Soneiya Bansal, Supreet Saini, Lipika Sanjay, Cheenu Khural, Brindha Karthikeyan, CapstaMonika Capstar, Sandhya Agarwal, Sita Laxmi, Preeti Jain, Ritu Pri Cath, Anjali Sharma, Rimpi Bhullar Sekhon, Nitu Mallik, Munmun Jain Goel, Shanu Sharma, Navjot Nagi, Pooja Ummat Malik, Dipti Berad, Tarul Lakhani Kaura, Sunny Bakshi, Loshini Nagendiran, Neha Hamirwasia, Mayuri Takke, Gaurita Turme Katre, Happy Singh, Dimple Karia, Divya J Solanki, Adaa Anu, Amruta Gondkar, Padmashree Nagaraj, Smriti Kakkar, Snehal Deherkar, Nidhi Vidhani, Pia Bhau, Babita Rawat Bhanjdeo, Manali Brijesh, Neeraj Manu Singh, Abhinav Mathran, Mahua Khanna
It’s winters….that time of the year when our little ones are again so prone to those bouts of cough and cold and as parents you are running around with that dreaded thermometer in hand, calling up the doc, fixing an appointment, and trying desperately to make the poor little ones drink the medicines….
Sometimes, winters approach so suddenly that we dont really get the chance to keep our woolens in the sun. Of course we all are quite restrained on time these days. What with office and home and many more added responsibilities, it is not always possible to take out time and remember to do each and every chore. If you did not really get the chance to sun-out your woolens before use this winter, try and send it to a good dry-cleaner. Sometimes, children develop allergies, especially rashes and cough and cold from these same woolens that have been in storage for most of the past year.
This winter, let honey be your child’s best friend (not for infants though, and if your baby has had any prior allergies or reaction to honey, make sure you check with the doctor first). A little honey in milk, instead of sugar, will help your child stay away from the regular cough and cold. Also, why not add just the tiniest pinch of ground turmeric in your baby’s milk? Or even jaggery? Not only are these rich sources of nutrition for your little one, they will also help your baby fight the virus.
Green leafy vegetables are back with the season..so let your child enjoy these…of course make sure that you clean them properly before feeding your child. Clean and boil these greens in salt water and then mash it (if your child is too small) or cut into fine pieces and mix in the flour you use for your daily roti and parantha. Use the boiled water of the leaves to make dals or curries. The best part about these leaves are that, if you dont have the time to do this each day, just boil them and keep them in the fridge…once boiled, they can be easily stored for a week to ten days.
Also, make ample use of the lovely vegetables in the market, carrot, beetroot and so many other nourishing foods. Make vegetable soups/stews at home, make vegetable porridge, make custard with fruits….so many natural things for our little ones just waiting for us to bring back home.
Of course it is not always possible to keep cough and cold at bay. But lets try and go a little more natural this season….
You have loved him too much to spend the rest of your life with him. You have shared fun moments, you have had your pillow fights, you have shared the best experience of your life together – becoming a parent……
At FirstCry, we want to give a ALL you amazing mums a chance to nominate your spouse as the Best Daddy….you know he is the best partner you could have asked for…now tell us why you think he is THE BEST Daddy Ever!!!
Mum Joanna Biggs from England (who has now moved to New Delhi) tells us why she feels her hubby Maghin, is the BEST DADDY EVER….
After a first, unhappy dip in the cold water off the coast of England, what better than to run to daddy for comfort and a cuddle?
Mum to 16-month-old Carys”
What a lovely picture….check out Baby Carys’s look, the calm on being caressed by daddy, resting her head on her papa’s shoulder and knowing that all will be fine… Hats off to Maghin, the daddy nominated as the BEST DADDY by loving wife Joanna…
Here’s wishing the lovely family all the very best in life forever….
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Having an indisciplined child can be a real problem, one that poses the threat of embarassment for you, while making your child the subject of ridicule and potential rejection by other kids and parents. There may be instances where your child may be conveniently left out of play dates and birthdays, when you see a decrease in the number of friends coming home to play with your child, while instances of your baby being invited to friends’ house goes down visibly. You may reach the stage of almost giving up, of talking sternly to your child, and sometimes, even resorting to means of punishment and hitting. But once you sit down and actually think about it – who is to blame for this situation? Is it really your child, or is it you, the parent, who failed to inculcate the basics of discipline and manners in the little one?
Ensuring your little one turns out into a well-disciplined and well-grounded toddler and child, and later a good human being, is completely the responsibility of the guardian. Disciplining a child is a really simple task, and the basics can begin very early, much before your baby will learn to speak. A child will always emulate an adult, so it is really important that before you set yourself to discipline your child, you implement the same in your own behaviour and routine.
You may ask your little one to follow a certain pattern, to behave a certain way, but if you become an example of the opposite, the same will reflect in your little one’s attitude. As parents, we have the paramount responsibility of being the idol the child will look upto, the person whose behaviour and mannerisms the child will emulate, so our language, our behaviour and all our dealings in everyday life should be such that can provide the ideal example to our baby.
In India, where the concept of joint families is still alive in some households, it is especially difficult to discipline a child, since the safety zone to escape punishment is always close at hand. It is imperative that all adults of the household are tuned to the ways of bringing up a child – if each one has a different perspective and a different method of discipline and behaviour, a child will invariably end up being confused, thus losing out on important learning methods. In such a scenario, it is important that all adults discuss the matter, but make sure the child is not present while such matters are being talked about. In a nuclear family, both the parents need to have a ‘pre-decided’ agreement on how to discipline baby and what is allowed and what is crossing the limit.
Moulding your child into the person you want her/him to be is completely in your hands, so make sure you create the right ambience and the right mix of discipline and love to help your child grow up into a good human being. And remember to keep those hugs and kisses in plentiful – you want to discipline your child, yes, but one message that you always want to give out to your child is, that no matter what, mamma and papa will always love you.
Mommies, if you have recently been to see the movie Barfi, as most of us did, or if you’ve read about it or have seen any of its trailers, you probably already know that the main actors are a little special, with special needs and a very special and beautiful life….
As a mother myself, what I definitely loved about the movie is that though the characters are deaf-dumb and autistic, none of it is used to generate pity, and instead, we are shown what a beautiful and ‘special’ life they have, blessed to be able to enjoy life at its fullest.
When my daughter watched the movie with us, she obviously had a lot of questions, her first one being why can’t the person speak or hear, or why does this person have such problems (as a 5-year-old, she felt that the difficulties faced by autistic people were especially hard because no one seems to try and understand what they say or feel!).
I was very sure that I wanted her to know the realities, yet make sure that she wouldn’t end up pitying or feeling sorry for those with special needs. I told her that even if they can’t speak or hear, or have difficulties expressing themselves freely to others, they do have a special language of their own, one that comes from the heart, one that is filled with love, governed by love, and one that can only be understood by people who are loving and caring themselves.
I know its quite hard to explain the entire concept to a kid, that too keeping in mind that your child will form an impression of special-needs people based on what you tell them and how you tell them. But you know what, children are really smart and understanding, and when you tell them something in the right way, they do understand and listen!
Don’t avoid such topics with your little one, because sooner or later, they will get to know, and it’s always best that you are the one who tells them the realities of life, and explain to them the responsibilities of growing into a wonderful human being.
- Don’t shy away from showing your babies movies that have special-needs people
- Don’t show movies that show special needs people in a bad light
- Talk to your kids about people with special needs
- Encourage them to mix with and make friends with special needs people
- Let your child feel that special-needs people are normal too, just different in behaviour, like most people are different
- Don’t pity a special-needs person in front of your child, and remember to be polite and understanding in your behaviour towards them, as your child will pick up your behaviour
- To make your child believe, you need to first believe yourself that people with special needs aren’t an illness, but just a different way of living