These videos and articles focus on things that fuel my energy- global experiences, loved ones, and life learnings.
Lakshmi’s Learning- When we think of teaching… Sometimes we think of the elders teaching the youngsters. But there are times where our toddler children can teach us too! As my baby Shriya celebrates her birthday next week... I wanted to reflect on her special quality that truly makes me proud. Most people will say their children teach them patience which is definitely true for all of us! I am going to focus on something else that my baby teaches me (and she is different from her sister with this unique quality).
Shriya teaches me confidence. She demonstrates how to channel out the negative comments and just focus on what makes you happy. I am amazed how at age 3... she literally can “brush off” the “not so nice things” that other kids sometimes say (e.g you run too slow, your painting looks weird, you dance funny, etc). She smiles and she still just continues her work and play. She will share the “not nice” comments with me or her...
Happy Birthday India... August 15, 1947. I am proud of the girls for representing India so much. They are truly Indian American and have so much love and appreciation for both of their countries!
Lakshmi’s Learning- A country’s Birthday/Independence Day is a great fun way to celebrate with your kids and teach them some of the history of the country! Whether it’s a geography lesson, eating the country’s cuisine, or learning about the flag... anything!! As I have said before… Just a sprinkle of knowledge can open up a world of curiosity. So pick a country and celebrate!
Apparently, it is World Breastfeeding Week.... and wow, this is a topic near and dear to my heart.
My daughters are 17 months apart (accident!). I was blessed to breastfeed both my children for over a year (even while pregnant with Shriya, I breastfed Shyla). My two learning experiences of being a breastfeeding mompreneur with a traveling career:
For Shyla (baby #1)- When I was working from home- nursing was easy breezy! When I was traveling- I took Shyla on many of my business trips (my mom was my nanny- what a gift). I would still pump in the office OR rush back to the hotel to feed her. The sad thing was people (including women) questioned why I left my office frequently and missed meetings- I had to pump (it’s a process!) or nurse.
Lesson Learned with Shyla- My child's food comes first- I will have to speak up when people question why I am missing meetings. And should not feel embarrassed or guilty. Self Assessment- I did not do this well and sometimes felt I was...
I guess I must be an awesome woman because I have been nominated by a few of my cousins and friends in the last few days.
A few insights:
A post on mother daughter love....
As I am in my childhood home- I am consolidating (or rather reminiscing) my younger years. The top is a picture of my mother and I in Italy the year I graduated college. Outside of our frequent trips to India, this was the first international family trip I took my parents on... thanks to American Express and my free airline tickets! The bottom is my daughter Shyla and I (pregnant with second baby) in almost the same picture spot (what a coincidence)!
Lakshmi’s Learning- I am so lucky to have shared the beauty and culture of this country with my mother and then my daughter (and a few times solo in between)!!! While the photo coloring is way different in the 2016 vs the 2000 version.... the mother/daughter love is generational.
This is the time to continue to create memories with your loved ones... especially the elders. Even when they “accidentally” cut all your hair off (supposed to be a trim)...
Question: Amma (Tamil world for mom)- what is the rainbow flag for?
Lakshmi’s Learning: And so I explained what the rainbow flag represents. The video is her understanding. Even a sprinkle of knowledge can make a world of a difference.
Parents should do what they feel is right and some think kids are too young for certain things. That’s totally fine. However- I am learning that a child’s curious mind is an absolute gift and I prefer to discuss some things early on. I have talked to my girls about diversity and how it comes in all shapes and forms. I want them to know that there are all different kinds of relationships not just the one she sees in her parents. This has enabled my children to be proud of who they are and in turn love to learn about and appreciate others.
“We must be the change we wish to see in the world”- Mahatma Gandhi
First- thank you all for your birthday wishes! Blessed to be loved by many. It’s been a week to remember for many reasons. One thing core in our parenting and passion for Travel Plus Them is teaching our children about the world, the people, all the different faiths, cultures, and to be proud of who they are. This is the first year in many years that we have not traveled for my birthday, but I still made the celebration meaningful.
As person of color who grew up in Teaneck, NJ, I will forever stand by my black brothers and sisters. I want to teach children to speak up for themselves and others when they experience things that are unfair.
While there are many ways to support- this moment is about my voice. Some people are lucky to have voices that can be heard but that freedom is not extended to everyone. And unfortunately- this is true in many parts of the world. Hence please use your...
This message is to embrace diversity and culture through global learning experiences. As Shyla said “We are connected around the world!”
Question- With global travel at a pause now, how can my kids become global citizens?
Lakshmi’s Learning- There many ways to teach diversity to the next generation about the world and it does not solely come from school. It actually starts with us parents! Please note this is one example. Even if it is just a sprinkle of knowledge- it’s a start and can be done at home! Let’s leverage our community and Google to learn!!
What I did- April was a holy month across some of the world’s major religions. My girls already know a lot about our Hindu faith. I want them to continue to be confident and proud of who the are. To achieve that- it’s important for them understand the bigger picture around them. So I leveraged the opportunity to ensure they understand the holidays that came in...
Question: What are some activities to do while traveling that young kids can enjoy?
Lakshmi’s Learning: Focus on doing something that your toddlers/kids love (interests can vary by age). Generally, kids like animals!! Especially at the ages my kids were in this picture- 3 and 1.5 years old (before fears really hit).
We planned our entire trip to Thailand with the intention of bathing the elephant at this amazing sanctuary. It was a very humbling and sacred family experience. We talked about it for weeks and girls were so excited! They enjoyed the first hour riding and feeding the elephants. But as you can see by bathing time, they were tired and the novelty wore off! They later played with the other kids that live in the sanctuary... which was great too! The adults still enjoyed this once in a lifetime experience!
So the question I always get asked is, should you wait until kids are older for these experiences?—— I generally say this- no, do...
Happy International Women's Day to my two moms- my mother (Amma) and my mother-in-law. Of the many amazing women I have in my life (thank you all), I am who I am because these two continue to shape my life as a woman, daughter, and mother.
Lakshmi’s Learning- While mother and mother-In-law relationships are not meant to be the same- they both play very important roles in my life. At times, they have too much to say and comment on, but I know that they love me more than any other women in my life! LOL! I treasure our adventures near and far. I am honored to experience the world with you.