GUEST POST: Ways to Deal With Sibling Rivalry Among Twins

Sibling rivalry is something that most parents of twins will face at one point or another. Most parents of twins know that they are likely to have a rough time with their children fighting and arguing with each other. The main issue is that it’s hard to keep twin toddlers separated. These two twins are also so similar; they are going through similar stages of development and look so much alike that it’s all too easy for them to annoy each other by doing the same things.

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PUMPED UP KICKS | Foster the People | COVER by Ashmi & Avanti Kshirsagar

Watch as our twins Ashmi and Avanti Kshirsagar (Age 7) play their unique and energetic cover of the popular song ‘Pumped up Kicks’.

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EXPLORING CULTURES &TRADITIONS: Diwali Festival in Goa- Tulshiche Lagn (Part 3/3)

Author: Gauri Kshirsagar

As mentioned in my first article in this series of ‘Diwali Festivalin Goa’, the Goan tradition of making “Narkasur’ effigy marks the beginning of the Diwali festival and in the same way ‘Tulsi Vivah’ or ‘Tulshiche Lagn’ marks the end of the Diwali festival and initiates the Hindu wedding season. The ceremonial festival is performed anytime between Prabodhini Ekadashi (the eleventh or twelfth lunar day of the bright fortnight of the Hindu month of Kartik) and Kartik Poornima (the full moon of the month). The day varies regionally.

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EXPLORING CULTURES & TRADITIONS: Diwali festival in Goa (Part 2/3)

Author: Gauri Kshirsagar


Worship of goddess of wealth and prosperity Laxmi is performed in all the business establishments and offices on Laxmi Pujan. Diwali is considered as one of the most auspicious occasions in the Hindu calendar as it marks the beginning of new financial year for traders and businesses. Thus Laxmi Pujan or worship of the goddess is performed across all the business establishments. Laxmi Puja is also performed traditionally in all the households, where traditionally chirmulyo (puffed rice), fov, boiled chana with coconut kernel and sweets are distributed among the children.

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Behind every parenting blog in India, there is a real mother who brings such wonderful blogs to us. There is a success story of these mommy bloggers in India. Let us know these super talented women who has wonderfully handled their personal life and side-by-side have nurtured their blogs which have been a go-to for thousands of moms from around the globe.

Top 20 Indian parenting blogs and the successful mommy bloggers:

  1. Lifestyle mother blogger Snehalata Jain- Blogs Sikka  
  2. A Lifestyle mom blogger who writes about positive parenting, Dipika Singh- Gleeful blogger
  3. Parenting and motherhood blogger Surbhi Mahibia- Pretty Mumma Says
  4. Mom blogger Kushal Singhal- Café Whiz
  5. Lifestyle mom blogger Priyal- Pari Lifestyle
  6. A mom blogger who talks about good parenting tips, Eswar Prasad- Parenting India
  7. An expat mom blogger Avanti Chaturvedi- Her Musings Online
  8. Fashion designer mommy, Sneha Paliwal Tiwari- High Street Mommy
  9. A mom blogger from Delhi, Neha- Growing with Nemit  
  10. Super mommy from Singapore, Neetu- Super Mommy
  11. A writer-mommy blogger Vidya Sury- Vidya Sury
  12. Twin mommy blogger from India, Gauri Kshirsagar- Raising Twins Blog
  13. Professional parenting blogger Sangeetha Menon- Bumps n Baby 
  14. A mom centric blog by Meghalee-Mom’s Cove
  15. A mom blogger who believes in organic living, Neha Goyal- Being Happy Mom
  16. Indian magazine for mother and baby by Shibani Kumar-Mother and Baby India
  17. Award-winning mom bloggers in India, Shweta- The Times of Amma
  18. Indian parenting blogger from Aby Dhabi, Bilna Sandeep- Monsoon Breeze
  19. Indian mom from California, Roshni- Indian American Mom
  20. New Indian mom blogger from Singapore, Subhasree Poddar- Mom I love

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DIY Activity 22: Pretend shop front made out of cardboard box

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Author: Gauri Kshirsagar

The Twins had a “Market”- themed month in school, wherein one of them got this idea of making a pretend shop-front for school. And not just any shop she specifically wanted to make a ‘Perfume shop’. She was ready with a plan all meticulously noted down on paper – exotic named perfumes, their price, colour of the shop, name of the shop….and so on. She had her eyes on an amazon cardboard box which she declared was perfect for her and got us all on board. Me doing all the cutting and decorating of the box, their dad getting a stack of small perfumes bottles and the twins coming up with different perfumes names and making a price list.

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Super Powering girls: Why more Female Superheroes are Important and a need of the hour

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Author: Gauri Kshirsagar

Girls’ empowerment, to be fair, has been part of the Disney princess marketing message. Ever since The Little Mermaid came out in 1989, Disney has been customising fairy tales to make them palatable to modern sensibilities — injecting some level of spunk or work ethic into one-dimensional characters, tweaking story lines so princesses could play at least some role in their own saving. But I have felt these efforts to be faulty given how the tie-in consumer products have turned out. Segregated toy aisles — Cars vs. Dolls, Lego Star Wars vs. Lego Friends, pink vs. blue, delicate toys vs. masculine toys — and the messages they send to both boys and girls about ambition, interests, and career possibilities. Their purpose is to primp, pose, and drum up a global appetite for bling.

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DIY Activity 21: Make your own Puppet Theatre

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Author: Gauri Kshirsagar

If you grew up watching the Muppets or Punch and Judy, you probably understand just how magical puppets can be for children. Through these larger-than-life characters, young audiences learn important lessons and form long-lasting bonds. But it’s not just watching puppets that can make a difference in young children’s lives; playing puppets can have a profound effect on childhood development, too. Handing over a hand puppet or two to your child opens up a world of imaginative and open-ended play.

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Hair Loss after Pregnancy

Hair loss after pregnancy is quiet common and distressing. This kind of hair loss generally begins about 1-2 months after delivery. Severity is much more in twin/triplet (multiple pregnancies). Onset is a lot of times sudden and a bunch of hairs are lost before even treatment is started.

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Product review: Lego Classic Brick 10696, 484 pcs

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Author: Gauri Kshirsagar

This was my first Lego classic set purchase, after my 5-year old twins transitioned from Duplo. The 10696 Lego brick is the medium sized one, which I feel is quite adequate for a beginner with 484 pcs. It has wide range of creativity from house, flowers, cars, trains, alligator etc. Continue reading “Product review: Lego Classic Brick 10696, 484 pcs”