Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Li’l Men at work @Kidzania

So V’ is the perfect rendition is the clichés 90’s chocolate lover boy! Mom you are my heart he says… This 5yr ol goes down on one knee just to share his little piece of cookie with me.. Takes me jewellery shopping and picks out a ring.. Only to be heartbroken that his humble saving can’t buy me one, he innocently looks at the cashier and asks him do you accept Kidzos here?

Sharing his freshly made Choco's.

If only the really world was quite like KidZania.. Haven’t you, for once wished for a little world of animation, that happy place where you are the boss. KidZania comes quite close to a universe that we all built in our heads while growing up.. Baker or a banker, A Dj or a dentist, a police of officer or a photographer. An animations specialist, or a immigration officer.. with over a 100+ role play activities to chose form, your child will be spoilt for choice, while you try to take adorable pictures of him in his tiny little chefs hat! See them take on pretend careers and earn and save KidZo's responsibly!


My this trip to KidZania was extra special.. KidZania in association with JAMM’S hosted a bunch of mommy bloggers for a special, one of a kind Mother’s Day event. The USP of this celebrations was that the mothers too would be allowed to take part in a select few activities. Gosh I had a blast where me and V‘ created little cute cards for each other at the Camlin studios. We tired our hands at pottery and also checked into a super cute pretend Club Mahindra resorts.  It was a different experience where I got to be a part of his universe.. wish this mommy at work was a regular feature at KidZania. 

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.” -Albert Einstein

Why KidZania is much more than just another "play" area:
When children do role plays, they naturally become someone or something else. Role play stimulates their imagination and enhances their social development, encourages friendship through cooperation, listening and turn taking”. Therefore, role play is a really vital activity for our children. KidZania works on this exact principle and I highly recommend periodical trips to this one of a kind world. What a perfect way to teach the lesson of life.. earn before you can spend!

To know more about the park timings and prices log on here:  http://mumbai.kidzania.com/en-in/

If you are a mom from Mumbai, then pump up your MommyQuotient with the  JAMM’S membership here: http://jammsnetwork.wix.com/jamms1


Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Be the wind beneath his wings

I sneak into his room. Carefully dogging my way across the lego’s , tossing his dirty socks in the hamper, slowly removing his glasses away from his sleepy eyes. I lay a kiss down on his scar, the one he endured while playing superhero.

  I reach into the kitchen… Prepping for the next day ahead. Making lists, planning menus, scheduling meetings, fighting with the calendar while I try and yield 26hours form a 24hour day. Just when everything is at rest, I grab my earl and sit down in my favorite spot in the house. I look up at his little artwork, so proudly pinned up on the refrigerator. It’s a picture of an astronaut munching on some fires while on his way to Saturn in his brightly colored spacecraft.

  Takes me back to the time when we as children were full of imagination. There was no limit to what we wanted to be. An orchard owner, cause I loved the smell of freshly picked oranges or An animal rescuer, cause I hated the sight up caged animals.. These are just a few of the things that I wanted to be when I grew up.. But once we grow up.. Reality gives a wake-up call and you end up making “smart” choices.
But I pledge to support his Dreams

  But children’s aspirations these days are evolving and we as parents need to be geared up for the same. We need to be prepared both financially and emotionally to be the wind beneath their wings. Career choices are getting more and more unconventional and expensive these days. It’s no longer just the doctors and engineers that are popular choices. Wild life photographers, professional chefs, a YouTube stars, travel writers, fashion designers, visual jockey etc. All are gaining popularity amongst this generation.

  With such a varied pallet of options available, have you as a parent done the math? The tuition fee is just a small number in the final sum, add to that the living cost in a distant university, also don’t forget to factor in the inflation. Plus a little extra cash tucked away just enough until their career takes off. The number that you derive in the end is what is needed to make his aspirations become a reality.

   Now all of this can seem a little overwhelming but you can start preparing by checking out the #DoYourHomework initiative by Axis Mutual Fund. The website takes all your needs into consideration and works up a target plan that you should be ideally on for a brighter tomorrow.

  Vedant wants to grow up be an astronaut. He gets that from his dad. Yogesh always loved planes and wanted to fly them for a living. Instead he chose the desk life. Paying for his flying lesson was not something his parents could afford back then. “But my son will not compromise,” he always said. He will follow his calling. With a strong back up of a intricate financial planning we are rest assured for his future. My child’s aspirations will not be curbed just because his parents didn’t plan any better.

How prepared are you as a parent? Share in your inhibitions in the comments below..