Musical Journeys, East and West – Cultural exposure and children

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A few weeks ago, we spent a good thirty minutes taking stock of the cultural situation in our lives. More importantly, the amount of Indian culture my daughter is exposed to. The alarming conclusion – almost zero.  There are many ways to “teach” culture, and I have always felt that the most effective way to narrate heritage is through music, language and food.  Let’s asses: Continue reading

Courage, Fear, Safety And Things In-between

As a little girl I was obsessed with climbing trees. It was an odd thing to look forward to every morning. But that is what loved. There were plenty to choose from in my neighborhood, and once I had mastered one tree I moved on to the next, more challenging one. My favorite one was a guava tree. The best fruits hung from the top most branches and I did everything I could to get every last one of them before the other kids did. Continue reading

‘Such A Girl’ And Other Outdated Phrases

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1) ‘Such a Girl’

My daughter is almost 5, she is the COO of our house, and she loves pink. I am not going to allow anyone to shame her for that. She lives her life without apology or explanation. She loves the princess clothes but thinks Barbie is too boring. She holds these and other views Continue reading

#1000Speak Nature and Nurture – What can I take credit for?

 

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Nature: “the basic or inherent features of something”

Nurture: “the process of caring for and encouraging the growth or development of someone or something.”

My daughter is 4, and she is our only child. This means every piece of attention her father and I can spare zones in on her. She has no competition; there is no Continue reading

4 Promises, 35 years in the making

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A snapshot of my childhood circa 1980, in a small town in India….I am almost 7, maybe in 1st grade. We live in a two bedroom home with a small backyard. There are several streets in this neighborhood. Continue reading

About a little brown girl who wants to be a blonde

Our most important goal in raising our 5-year-old is neutrality. Gender, race, nationality – none of those labels should matter to her. They are just little pieces that Continue reading