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..

Sunday, April 3, 2016

The Children’s Place store Experience.

We all cherish the little onesie’s our kids grew up in, it’s a reminder to the time that’s gone by, the sleepless nights that bought along the endless joys. When I heard that The Children’s Place are setting shop in Mumbai, boy was I glad. My son grew up in lots of TCP outfit that were bought back by my relatives back from the States.  I adored the quality and the styling. So was super exited that after 5 years I learnt about their presence here in India.  The Childrend Place currently has two outlets here in Mumbai @Phoenix mills , Lower Parel and @Infinity Mall Malad. 

On a special invite me and my son went to check out their newly opened store at the Malad outlet. The store has a great ambiance. The merchandise is laid out beautifully and it’s not overwhelming at the same time. They had a air hockey table right at the entrance, I thought that was a good touch to keep the kids entrained till their mom made major fashion decisions.

The Range:
 Just like us grownups TCP has a huge range of denim fit options for the kids. They also have the largest variety of swim wear I’ve seen under one roof. Not to mention the awesome range of Accessories they house, everything from bow ties to swag straw hats, from latest sunglasses to shoes that are as cute as a button, They literally have it all. I picked up the most swag set of aviators that went perfectly well with the pair my husband owned..

The Staff:
The staff in the store deserves a special mention, not only are they courteous, but sure know their products well. The guy who was helping me out assisted me in picking out the perfect coordinates. The styling of the clothes is relaxed casual and effortless. 

The pricing:
The pricing of the products affordable to high end. I picked up tees for rs.399 to a linen shirt for rs.1300. The bottoms were from the range of 999 upwards and the shows were safely in the same price range. The accessories such as sunglasses, hats , bowties etc were anything between 399- 800.


Why we loved The Children’s Place:
This was honestly my first shopping experience with Vedant. I never took him along cause he got too bored too soon and would never let me shop in piece. But the experience at TCP was a fabulous. He lunged around his big blue shopping bag and went around the store like a pro shopper. I enjoyed seeing him all independent. I am surely sold out on the brand and am sure you too will fall in love with their chic collection. Boys barely have any  cute clothing options, I’ll never make that statement again.

Left: Linen shirt and bow tie from The Children’s Place. 
Right: Aviators from The Children’s Place.

About The Children’s Place: The Children’s Place is the largest pure-play children’s specialty apparel retailer in North America. The Company designs, contracts to manufacture, sells and licenses to sell fashionable, high-quality merchandise at value prices, primarily under the proprietary “The Children’s Place”, "Place" and "Baby Place" brand names. As of January 30, 2016, the Company operated 1,069 stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, an online store at, and had 102 international points of distribution open and operated by its 6 franchise partners in 16 countries.

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