Review: The Very Hungry Caterpillar

If there is one book that you must read to your toddler, it is – “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle.

Carle is an American designer, illustrator and writer. His most noted children’s book – The Very Hungry Caterpillar, has been translated into more than 66 languages.

The book features a caterpillar who eats his way through a wide variety of food stuffs before pupating and emerging as a butterfly. It is a story of a small caterpillar who emerges from an egg and loves eating. So he begins to look for some food and eats through increasing quantities of both healthy and unhealthy food. The night he eats unhealthy food he gets a stomachache.

The next morning the caterpillar tries again and begins by eating one green leaf (which is a proper food for caterpillars). By following the right food, he feels much better. At the end, he is not hungry anymore and is no longer a little Caterpillar too. The big, fat caterpillar builds a cocoon around itself and finally emerges as a beautiful butterfly.

Here’s why this book is a must read for every toddler

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BUILDING A CHILD’S BOOKSHELF

I have started building a library of books for my daughter. We read to her all the time, and people have very generously given us books to start her collection. It made me think about how we want to go about building her bookshelf. What kinds of books do we want to include? What do we want to leave off?

Here are some of my thoughts about how I’m going to go about it.

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Review: The Comfort Book by Matt Haig

Happy Friday! I think most people are in need of a little pick me up! This book, a book that does exactly what it says on the cover. It was just so comforting and validating. Now I open it at random just to see what pearl of comfort I land on. A Truly fulfilling read, whether you read it from cover to cover or dip into it randomly.

Matt Haig’s latest book can best be described as that long awaited warm hug you didn’t know you needed. The Comfort Book is a collection of Haig’s random quips and thoughts about hope, happiness and life. It without a doubt lives up to its title, as every page brings great comfort. While some pages contain simple one-liners, such as why you should eat pasta, others are deep metaphorical observations that cause you to stop and really think.

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What’s Your Perfect Day

If you could map out your perfect day, what would it look like? Would it include a walk in the first light of the morning, a breakfast of coffee and croissants, and hours of uninterrupted writing time? Maybe an hour or two reading blogs, or a great book with a cup of tea by your side? Sitting in a café in the afternoon, journaling and listening to your favorite music, or lunch with a friend, catching up and ranting about the state of the world? Would it include a lovely dinner prepared by you or someone else? An evening binge-watching Netflix, or a great movie, alone or with a friend?

How close is any of your perfect day in relation to your reality? Life doesn’t allow for us to live every day in perfect harmony with our wishes, but how can we adapt our dreams and desires to better fit that reality? Life is fluid, always presenting hurdles, obstacles, changes, new responsibilities, and difficulties, and we have to work extremely hard to adjust.

All too often, what we really want to do gets pushed to the bottom of our never-ending to-do lists, and the day ends before we get there. The day always ends before we get to the end of the list. And it always will.

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Do Not Sacrifice For Your Kids

Do you really sacrifice for your kids ?

Motherhood is a life-changing event that demands a woman to face a lot of challenges and make a few adjustments in order to overcome them.

I recently met an old friend who has worked in a multinational company for the past 5 years. She suddenly had to quit her job and was given to her new role as a ‘mother’. While she was happily flipping the pages of this new chapter of her life, she was equally unhappy for ending a previous one that involved a well-meaning job. With utmost sympathy and concern, I was all ears to her super-heroic story of the nine hour long labour and the sleepless nights thereafter, until she mentioned one last line. She ended by looking at her two months old daughter and saying “I hope when she grows up, she realizes what all changes we made in our life just to raise her up. All my sacrifices would be worth it, then.”

This one nomenclature got me thinking. Not only did I realize how big the terminology is but also how it tends to impact both the mother and the child. As a parent myself, I want to implore all mothers to re-think before using the term ‘sacrifice’ for your kids.

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