To feed a correct food to a child is a universal problem for a mother. Till the child understands the importance of food, and starts having without any fuss, mother faces lot of challenges. She plays many tricks to feed the child.
Being mother of two kids, till today, I am going through this difficult phase. My daughter who is 7 years old also has the problem. She eats every thing I give her, but she takes one hour to finish her food. (Some times more than one hour). And the second one, who is 2 years old, she never feels hungry. Her attention is always towards playing, writing, and troubling me and her sister.
(This is old photo. I have exchanged the net with big basket net now!)
But from past 15 days, I observed that she is coming her self and asking for "mammam" (she says for food). And she eats her food in no time!!! (Touch Wood!!)
(A tiny slide for both of them to play)
I was thinking what is the reason behind this? Then I realized that from past 15 days, me and my elder daughter go for jogging in our compound only.(Luckily, we have ground in our compound only, which is surrounded by trees.) And the little one follows us. She does some bending exercise with us! She wants to join us in skipping. She loves to play basket ball with us! Thats making her feel hungry for whole day!
(And, today, after one week, when my mother returned from Delhi, Phalguni took her out for jogging, and to play basket ball!!!!!!!)
So the tip to all mothers is,
Once your child (2 years and above) gets up in the morning, let him/her play for sometime. It should not be more than 10 minutes all together. If you do not have ground, child can run in the house only. Make her touch all the room door knobs and come back to you. It will be fun to play like that. Or if you can join, that will be more fun. Then see the difference.
I know it is difficult or impossible for working mother! It is just a general tip.
I am not a medical professional. If any one is from medical field, and thinks it is not good for child of that age!, please let me know!
Few years back, I always used to throw the boxes, when ever I bought the things. But now a days I keep those for my daughter's art work. I keep the boxes for 2 -3 months. I will throw it out, if I do not get any idea what to make out of that.
Last month, I bought the tea cup set and kept the box in the store room. Now as Rajul has school holidays, I asked her what she wants to make of that. She told, that she will use it to keep her clips, rubber bands.
I asked her "shall we decorate with the colorful laces" She was not ready for that. She wanted to paint the box. Then I thought if we do spray painting using old tooth brush, it will look nice. and for the border I told her to use her little finger.
So, here it is infront of you the art work fully done by her. I was just sitting beside her taking the tissue paper to wipe the paint, when ever she spilled the water or the paint.
This box can be used as Jewelery box, or hair accessories box or if you make it stand, you can keep small dolls. or if you remove one middle row, it can be used as doll house! The choice is yours!!
The next art is again the multi purpose box. It is made with old bangles.( all collection is from my mother's ward robe.) Go on keeping the bangles on a hard board (any shape) with the help of fevicol.
You can use it as pencil stand! or pen stand or to keep your visiting cards.
Just few sentences about my younger daughter Phalguni. (Rajul is feeling bad that I am not writing anything about her!!) Phalguni is only 2 years old. The whole day she will be writing in the book, with her sister's pencil or my pen. She wants only the things which her sister uses. So the whole day fighting will be on in my house.
And one more thing is, she will be singing the whole day in her language!!!
I have 2 questions about these below vegetables in the photo. I want to know what are these called in English.
I browsed many sites, trying many words, but could not get the answer.
I do not know the English name of the vegetable in the photo, but in North Karnataka, we call it "Kaarchi kai"(Kannada). It tastes like bitter gourd. It is available only in the rainy season. It is having crunchy seeds. It is having tails on both the sides, need to be removed before we cook. One more thing to keep in mind is, if it is exposed to direct sun, it will open and split and the seeds will come out. Then you can not cook it. (Click here for my recipe)
One more question for below leafy vegetable! I do not know what it is called in English, We call it Kirakasali in Kannada. (click here for my recipe)
After long time, I am again with North Karnataka recipe. This was very common in our house during our childhood. Almost twice a week, my mother used to prepare this in the night. As it is very simple and fast, it was easy for her to keep the dinner ready, after coming tired from the office. And we all enjoyed to eat it hot with ghee, pickle and onion. In typical North Karnataka(especially in Hubli-Dharwad language) language, we call it as Rotti oggarane(ರೊಟ್ಟಿ ಒಗ್ಗರಣೆ).
Here is the recipe, One day old rotti or crispy rotti - 8 to 10 (Click Jowar rotti(Jolada rotti) for recipe) Onion - 1 big Curry leaves - few Chilly powder - 1 tbsp or Green chilly - 3 chopped (in this photo I used chilly powder) Mustard seeds - 1 tsp Jeera - 1 tsp Tomato - 1 small (my mother used to put 1 tbsp tamarind paste, you can choose according to your taste) Salt to taste Haldi - 1 pinch Water - 1 cup apprx. Break the rotti into pieces and keep aside. Heat oil in a kadai, add mustard when it starts popping up, add jeera and curry leaves. Add onions and saute for a minute. If you are using green chilly, now only add it with onion. When the onion changes its color, add tomato mix it properly and wait till the tomato is half cooked. Add salt, haldi and water .
Once the water starts boiling, add the rotti pieces. Mix properly. Take care not to put more water.
Cook for few minute, stirring in between.
Jowar rotti upma is ready to eat with ghee, onion and pickle.