Friday, July 29, 2016

Let Imagination Run Wild Children and Colgate Magical Stories

Sometimes, I envy this generation. They have everything they could possibly need. A million things to do and a million options to exercise. But then I thank the good god above for bringing me into this world when imagination could playback better movies and soundtracks than the multi billion dollar block busters we see on the silver screen today.
I still have memories of stories my mum told me when she tried to get me to sleep. And can still hear the notes of the songs my daddy used to sing to us and to himself... while driving ,while working..those are eternal. 
I tried to recreate the same with my child. The minute he started asking "What this?" And snatching "Book" from my hands, I knew it was time to shelve my books for a while and concentrate on his. 
Taking full advantage of being a stay at home mum, we did many toys and kitchen sets and sets of lego and Ladybird books. I'm proud of him today, when he scoffs at the lame renditions of cinematic versions of his favorite books. 
When he scoffs at the limited imagination of his friends.
I know I did something right by spending almost all my time and energy with him .
Colgate has these wonderful characters printed on the inside of the Colgate Strong teeth Pack container.
And when they arrived at my doorstep...I knew who best to entrust those to.  A little girl who has just come from a small  town called Jhunjhunu in Rajasthan to live with her family in Mumbai. She loves it here and has many many friends who play together in the evening. 
But horror of horrors , they discuss Hindi TV series like Naagin and women who turn knto snakes and boy girl romances like Ek Duje Ke Liye . She's only 9 years old.
She needs her mind to be free of someone's commercially aspiring thoughts. 
She needs to let magic do the trick. So those packages went to her. I asked her if she would like to write a story for me... she agreed. But on one condition. She wanted that video up on you tube. 
So this is her story.
She wrote it down so that's he could say it all in English. 
Her mermaid and other sea creatures live together in an underwater world and they are living her dream.
And when the pirates threaten the dolphin, all the creatures come together to save her. And they live happily ever after.
Oh and Vineeta is the little Mermaid.

These are her two minutes of fame. So listen to her and watch her expressions. The story is just long enough for it to not get boring. Vineeta took those colgate strong Teeth Packs  to school and cut them out with her friend. So when they are forced to sit indoors because of the rain, instead of gossiping about the love story between  Shrawan Mehta and Suman Tiwari ,they now talk sea turtles and Barracuda fish. (Yes, those names...she told me that the entire family watches that soap daily while eating their dinner. And no , I don't have cable TV. We're Netflix and Hotstar people.)

So give your kids a free rein with their imagination. Let them cut out the Colgate Strong teeth Pack and make their own stories. These flights of fantasy will be great fun . Let #colgatemagicalstories do their bit.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

A little Push to help the little one grow

Parents are cursed with the worry syndrome the moment their child announces his arrival in this world.
It begins from the first second of the babies life.
He cries too much,they worry -and often cry with the baby.
He sleeps too much, they worry. They don't realize that this is the babies signal to them so that they can catch up on their sleep.
He drinks too little ,they worry.
He drinks too much they worry. Not realizing that nature has equipped the babies tummy with a signal,that will tell it how much to drink and when to stop.
I've seen mothers try to force feed babies, only to have obese tweens with a lot of complexes.
Then they try to control the diet and force that child to join aerobic lessons and Zumba classes....
Its a crazy situation.
And I've seen this so often . At home with my child and the children of friends and neighbors.
And also in my teaching career.
Average heights and weights are rare nowadays.
I've seen too short and skinny kids more often than not.
Especially with girls.
There are so many reasons why.
The excuses start from early childhood. Even though milk is the primary focus, parents add sweet additives to make it more attractive and tasty to children.
Not realizing that sugar itself will not help growth and development of bones.
The children often require high quality whey protein and added nutrients that they do not get from their daily diet.
Most of our children relish processed foods. Even if their food choices can't be classified as junk food, they are deprived of the essential goodness of natural foods.
As a result, they lag behind their  peers.
A child who is shorter than his friends will always have an inferiority complex. He or she may be better in academics,but that feeling of being shorter than normal will always prevail.
And they will Always be waiting for that growth spurt that. May never happen.
What they Actually need is a little push in the right direction.
A trusted brand like Horlicks has brought out Horlicks Growth +. Supported with years of research, trust and a global acceptance of this drink.
I am aware that genetics -parents height and health p!ays a part in the overall growth of a child. But if the child's growth and development can be aided with a little extra nutrition, why not?

Horlicks Growth+ is a specialized nutrition product designed by international pediatric experts for children in age group of 3-9 years who are lagging behind in height and weight. It contains high quality whey protein with added nutrients that are known to enable children to catch up on lost growth. It has been clinically proven for visible growth in children in 6 months.”source Horlicks Growth plus 


Every parent would love to see their child as a happy individual. And only when children can match up physically and mentally with their peer group,will they become happy and confident adults.  
So if you think your 3-9 year old is good meeting growth milestones despite a good diet ,Do check out Growth plus Horlicks . With two delicious flavours and high quality protein, Horlicks Growth + naturally enhances growth and healthy weight gain.

So with a visible increase in height you will also witness a change towards the positive in your child. He or she will be more actively participating in sports and games that the children of the peer group play.
Physical activity and games increases the acceptance of a child in their peer group. So once your child feels accepted and a part of his peer group,all inferiority complexes will disappear. So you'll soon witness holistic ,all around development in your child.
You'll still love your child as much.
You'll still be as proud of their accomplishments.
But you'll be happier knowing you ensured that your child is free of all self doubts and has confidence in themselves.
Just because you added one spoon of growth to their milk.

Until the next

Until the next


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