Connection: The Only New Year’s Parenting Resolution You Need to Make

Posted on January 1, 2019

Hundreds of parenting resolutions are splattered all over social media. Two that have caught my attention repeatedly are “spend more time with my kids” and “yell less.” To me, both of these really scream a desire for connection. And it’s true. We want nothing more than a deeper or stronger connection with our kids. When we lack that connection—because we are not spending enough time with them or the time that we spend with them is filled with yelling and…

How Christmas Came to Our House

Posted on December 24, 2018

My Aunt and her granddaughter in New Delhi, India   It was January 1993. My then-six-year-old daughter, Nitasha, came home from her first day of school after winter break, completely out of sorts. I knew immediately something was coming. “Was it fun going back to school after three weeks?” I asked. “Nope,” she said with arms tightly folded, eyes squinting, forehead wrinkled. “Oh no. Are you okay? What happened, babloo?” I asked, using her favorite term of endearment, yet giggling…

The Wedding Dress Trip

Posted on November 27, 2018

A couple of months ago, after my daughter, Nitasha, got engaged and said she wanted a traditional Indian wedding, she made my heart smile with a simple question: “Mom, it’s always been my dream to go wedding shopping in India! What do you think? Will you come with me?” Surprised and elated, I leapt for joy, almost as if I were the bride myself! “Yes! Yes!” I cried, “I’m all in.” Nitasha hugged me, we both shed a few tears…

How to Have a “Delicious” Thanksgiving!

Posted on November 20, 2018

  I was at my workout class this morning, and as the instructor was warming us up for this intense 45-minute session, she said, “A lot of people ask me at this time of the year how I manage my weight and fitness with the holiday madness? My answer is always the same: Pre-schedule your workouts for the week, and don’t eat every day like it’s Thanksgiving or Christmas. On the day, I personally have a no-holds-barred policy! Nothing stands…

Tips to Help Your Kids Through Tragedy

Posted on October 29, 2018

It is with deep sadness that we are re-posting these tips today. With the horrible shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, we wanted to make sure that you had the tools at your disposal to have these hard conversations with your kids. Hopefully, these tips can be a guide in discussing this tragedy within your family. Begin a Mindful, Open Discussion: Let kids know that, unfortunately, bad incidents do happen. Find out what your child knows about…