These videos and articles focus on things that fuel my energy- global experiences, loved ones, and life learnings.
Based on my last blog, I am thrilled to know that some of my followers and subscribers did not initially think of introducing a globe to their children and have since purchased one—that’s wonderful!
Continuing on that theme, I have many ideas of educational and fun ways to introduce your children to the world… from home. So, in spirit of throwback Thursday, I am going back to two years ago! My daughters loved to dress up (they still do) and put on a performance at home.
Lakshmi’s Learning- Although people around the world speak so many different languages… music is universal. Do you find yourself loving a song but you do not even know the meaning of the words? Or a song with no words that you connect with? Well- guess what, kids do too! Kids love music and they can hear sounds/music even before birth.
So, here is another simple and easy way to expose your children to the world and different...
Questions- I grew up in the 1980s... How many of you had a map/atlas/or globe in your house? Do you have a globe today?
Lakshmi’s Learning- We do! I wanted to share a simple way to use a "globe" on a frequent basis with your young children. While I am sure that some world geography is taught in elementary school… Why wait? It's never too early and never too late. The globe presents a FUN and educational opportunity for us as parents with our children.
So, in this video… Shriya is spinning the globe. While she is familiar with all the continents and where they are located on a map/globe, she cannot read like her older sister. She is able to locate countries because she studies the globe and has memorized where some countries are located.
We do this a few days a week in the evening. The kids land on a particular country and we talk about that country the next few days. Things such as famous cool...
We are all finding different ways to live in this “new normal". I am reminiscing of our beautiful family trip to Bali, Indonesia. As you may have guessed, we have the travel bug! Perhaps one of the few “bugs” that we love!
Question- We have always enjoyed experiencing the world, but of course in the current global climate, it seems impossible, right?
Lakshmi's Learning- I think wrong. First and foremost, I will say that everyone has to do what they feel is right based on their personal values and lifestyle choices. As parents, we have this special quality to turn the impossible to possible. I am a member of a few “mommy” groups and have recently had discussions on “when should we travel again”. Lots of families did summer road trips in their respective countries or spent extended time visiting their families- how wonderful! Remember- any and all trips (e.g. to a zoo, to the lake, to another...
As I was prepping for an upcoming podcast interview- I was reflecting on my life’s journey. Specifically on what led my decision to build businesses around my passions as and strengths a mompreneur versus progression on the career path I was on.
Lakshmi's Learning: And- what struck me was the feeling of “failure”. WOW- that word failure- it sounds bad, but is it?
The irony is that we tell our children when they don’t get a goal in soccer OR if they get an answer wrong on a test- “It’s ok! You will do better next time- let’s practice and always try your hardest.” We turn a negative into a quick optimistic positive. Why should that not apply to us adults too?
Well, we adults spend more time analyzing the situation- why did this happen, what we could have done better, should have done better, what we can do better next time, etc. I thought “so many women seem to do it all-- and why...
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.