3.7 miles took 2 hours that also sizzled away some 1200 calories.. o yeah but the breathtaking vistas of the pacific ocean and the strange inspiration you feel when you are around the Golden Gate bridge are sure worth the effort.. A must for every family. And its a great start for the 2018 season.. stay tuned 🙂
Kartikeya’s first chemistry experiment at home..
As parents, its first you who should understand how chemistry can excite kids and then make arrangements for them to explore and entice them into a journey thats worth all the pain in the laboratory 🙂
Long way to go my boy! All the best to you 🙂
Courtesy: “Stupendous Science Experiments” by Rob Beattie
Just a lil trick I thought worth sharing. When kids say they are not in a mood for breakfast but its time, you can certainly grab the ‘parent’ wand and force them eat something, but thats not what the daddy here does 🙂 I asked them to the kitchen, made them break the eggs, wash the veggies, light up the stove, put the pan and toast some bread slices. In the meantime, I beat the eggs and cut the veggies. Then they added a good amount of garlic salt and jira masala, readied another pan and butter.. One kid wanted a dotted-sauce outlining and the other a linear ketchup border 🙂 Daddy bows like a magician and voila!
Cheddar jack cheese on garlic omlette with 17-grain bread sandwitch is deliciously ready 🙂
and they ate it happily.. thats the finishing touch. Hope this gives you a message. Happy Thanksgiving week 🙂
Better you imagine, better you create
and we need more creators in this world than consumers 🙂
Tooth-fairies probably are the most basic points of interaction with a kid’s imaginary world 🙂
Here is Kartik’s letter to the fairy and the gift she left on the window sill overnight. He is already excited about teleporting 🙂
For fun they played in snow
In pain they cried in snow
The contrast taught them a lesson which they don’t realize now
Take your kids to the great outdoors and face the elements, let them handle the inconveniences and they will quickly stop crying and start thinking solutions.
Its important they plant seeds and then grow their understanding of nature along with the sprouts and saplings 🙂
Its important to teach your kids something about bugs, what are harmless and what are harmful etc. Thanks to the Randall Museum in SFO, we had a fun day with lot of infotainment. Add that to all our outdoor time and I am sure my kids would have their curiosities answered and still be safe…
Of course each bug is a lesson whether its biting your neck or breaking your code ;):P
hand-crafted Bug Crowns 🙂
The real Tarantula is hide sleeping in grass but the one you see in the box is only the shell he just shed:
One harmless scorpion.. believe me!
the common beetle:
larvae will never be disgusting again:
Its the daddy beetle who carries all the eggs around:
Not indoor plants, they are all carnivorous hunters:
This cone shaped death trap is probably the most misguiding:
Not all beauty is naive, it eats a bug alive and slow:
Spot the snake:
Thats the first time I saw a birdie skeleton:
and a tortoise one too:
Daddy is painting after a long time 🙂 and his brief 5-minute lesson on drawing real time objects looks overly simple on paper but kids picked it up quickly and they even started drawing objects that are NOT displayed… If only you appreciate how difficult it is to imagine something in your mind and put it on paper whether its a painting or a write-up that you will spend those 5 minutes with your kids and give them a certain opportunity to open a new door in their minds 🙂
Its never too early to buy them easels..
My kid innocently said:
Naannaa! Today after taking bath, I went to Puja room and chanted the sloka ‘Shuklam Bharadham…’ and then asked the Elephant God to give me ‘skating boots, helmet, walkie-talkie and binoculars’.
Daddy laughed his heart out but fainted with responsibility and of course happy (i) seeing him ask all outdoorsy items; (ii) that my kid’s correlation of his toys to be a grant of God;
Ain’t this the daily dose of warmth that is worth writing in my life book? 🙂 Whatz yours today?
This is not any modern art but my 5 year old kid told me that its a picture of a big mountain in a “national park” (yes he said ‘national park’) where a spaceship crash landed making a big hole in the earth with fumes coming out, then a bear came and scratched all its surface (probably out of curiosity or food smell)… i am struck with his description and felt happy that I could let him imagine something extraordinary for his age on a simple paper.
I know the time we spend outdoors would finally be justified someday but the doors of imagination are opened in every dream… every day…
I am happy.
Its a silly one minute game, i think every one plays it and must do so.. 🙂 But then, I am not sure how many of you would tie up dreams, games and memories into a single bundle. I watch time flying by fast and ruthless. Kids are, no doubt a respite from all the other tensions ( often by being themselves a tension fountain). They certainly have changed the course of my life and with all the new/unplanned flood of events and emotions, I lost track of where I started, what I wanted to do and when I would stop. But I learnt one thing by now… To convert everything into a memory and to keep it forever. Some are good, some are bad and a few are ugly, but you know, sleeping on the terrace, looking at the stars and then pulling out a decade old photo to relive the memory, is just exhilarating. Try it.
Every man, in the end,
is just a bookful of memories and a bagful of sand.
what say? 🙂 please watch this:
thanks for reading and watching. 🙂