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Instil responsibility in your child & get things done by making their own ‘Task chart’.

Hello after months!

I have to admit maintaining your own blog is not an easy feat and I find it really tough to take time out to write here. Honestly, maybe I can do it if I really want to, but I always feel there are other things that have priority in my life at this stage, than using my time to write here . In fact, it’s time for my blog renewal and I am in two minds about continuing with it. Instagram serves as a good platform for quick content but I am still considering renewal, so let’s see!

Coming to today’s DIY , I am not too big a fan of DIY. I do things myself only if I feel they need that personalisation or if it’s worth saving on that particular object/project. And this DIY task chart served both so here you go.

Why make this chart?

I came across a few similar chore/task charts on social media and liked the idea of having a task chart where the kid and the parent could see the ‘to do ‘ list for the day and go about putting them in the ‘done’ section , I thought it would really help with procrastination as well as make the child happily want to do those tasks and come back to put them under ‘done’.  You will mostly find people using cookie trays for this but I came up with something more functional and minimalistic. Also, there are a few brands that also make such charts for you but I feel they are too small, with very general tasks which may not be applicable to all kids and they are pretty expensive!

How do you make the task chart?

You will need the following things:

  1. A magnetic sheet that’s adhesive on the other side. ( From Amazon)
  2. A packet of magnets in small size.
  3. A decorative tape.
  4. Alphabet stickers.
  5. Fevi kwik.
  6. A colour print out of the tasks you choose for your child.
  7. A place to get that sheet laminated and cut.

 

Step 1: Order the magnetic sheet or buy it from a local store if you know where you can get one. When this arrives, put it up by sticking it on a wall accessible to your kid and also at a spot that’s within sight easily through the day. Divide the sheet into 2 halves and label them as ‘To do’ and ‘Done’ using the alphabet stickers.

 

Step 2: Make a list of all the tasks you wish to be done by your kid in the day. I used ‘Microsoft word’ to create this and added appropriate pictures to each task as kids love pictures and my little one can’t read yet.

Step 3: Take a print out of the tasks and get them laminated and cut into square shapes. Using fevi kwik, stick a magnet to each of these task cutouts.

Step 4. Done. Put these tasks in the ‘ to do ‘ section and watch your kid complete each chore and put them under ‘ done’ excitedly. You will have to help them for the first few attempts as well as remind them each day to use them.

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My daughter immediately got her blanket, folded it and kept it at it’s place. She then went on to keep her toys back in their place and was really excited to complete each task. Kids love to be given responsibility and take pleasure in the sense of achievement after each task goes in the ‘done’ section 🙂

The best part about making your own chart is you can keep updating the tasks as per your family’s current needs and keep personalising them. The whole project cost me around  Rs 460 which isn’t bad at all. I intend to make one for myself too!

The tasks I chose for my daughter are as following. You can take ideas from these and add your own too!

  1. Brush in the morning.
  2. Brush at night.
  3. Keep toys away.
  4. Fold blanket/ clothes.
  5. Eat one meal yourself.
  6. Eat 2 fruits.
  7. Arabic/Islam time.
  8. Take a bath
  9. Outdoor playtime.
  10. Reading time.

Word of caution: Fevi kwik ka jod sambhalke please!

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Let me know if you have any queries in the comments section. Also, tell me what tasks would you put on your kid’s chart!

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Healthy weight loss tips and tricks I learnt from my consultations with 4 nutritionists!

A post on how I dealt with pregnancy weight is one I have been meaning to write since the longest time. Thanks to ‘Get Fit Stay Fit with Bonhappetee blog chain’ introduced to me by Mandavi from anurbannomadic, I finally decided to share some ideas  that most nutritionists share on healthy weight loss. I have been to 4 to 5 nutritionists and found that it is these tricks that always work. 

  1. Start your day with warm water : You may choose to flavour it with lemon, cinnamon, or cumin, all of which aid in keeping the stomach clean.
  2. Your 3 main meals must be balanced: In simple words, each meal should consist of carbs (chapati or rice), proteins ( pulses, chicken/fish/ curd) and fibre(vegetables). Carb less diet, keto diet , blah blah diet doesn’t work!
  3. Portion control is inevitable: Go get those simple measuring cups and stick to only 1 bowl (200ml) or 1 katori (100 ml), – depending on your goal and journey- of each of the 3 components (carbs, fibre and protein). It is difficult when you begin and you might feel slightly hungry, but 2 days and your body gets used to the new portion size.
  4.  Even if you can’t plan your main meals, PLAN YOUR SNACKS! : For the simple reason that it is easier to find a balanced meal in any restaurant by making the right choices but very difficult to find the right healthy snack and in those peak hunger hours we tend to reach for anything that’s easily available. So MAKE THE RIGHT SNACK ITEMS AVAILABLE for yourself. Example : Carrot sticks with hummus, a fruit, non flavoured yoghurt with walnuts or raisins, dry bhel, roasted makhana, khakra etc.
  5.  Don’t underestimate the power of daily tasks involving movement! You climbed a good flight of stairs, you taught your child how to swim, you hid behind the chair repeatedly only to be caught by a toddler, you danced with the child, you deep cleaned a section of your  house, all of this is exercise! So feel good that you did something and try to add to the overall calories burnt by adding some more if needed so that the body gets at least a good 45 minutes of movement. So if you cleaned the house for say 30 minutes and were almost about to sweat, walk inside the house for another 10 minutes and then head for a shower!
  6.  Don’t suddenly give up your favourite treat: Of course if it is gobbling down 2 pieces of cake in a week then you should cut it down gradually, but say you are a biscuit addict (like me), just cut down the number.No harm in having it as long as you are eating wisely for most of the day.

Keep faith in your body. It loves you back. Just respect yourself and what you put into it and  make small but important changes in your life and slowly they shall become a way of life.

I hope these tips make sense to you and help you in kick-starting your fitness journey. Please let me know in the comments below if you would like more snack or meal ideas and I would be happy to share whatever I know .

Also, do check out Mayuri’s fitness journey and get further inspired!

I am so glad I am participating in the ‘Get Fit, Stay Fit’ blog party with Bon Happetee!Get-Fit-E280A8Stay-Fit

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The answer to your unresolved health issues may be just right here!

“I wake up tired each day.”

“I am so exhausted by mid-day, I think I need to start taking some multi vitamin”

“You give me so much stress that I now have hairfall that I never had”

“Please go away, I don’t wish to talk, you are irritating me!”

“I exercise and try to be active, also keep a watch on my food intake, tried it all but still I don’t lose any weight!”

Not unheard right? This is part of a typical conversation most women have with their friends, family and spouse on a daily basis. Continue reading

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Artisanal nutrition courtesy Gouri’s Goodies.

20180227_182857‘Energy’ has been the buzz word for quite some time now, right? One can, on a daily basis hear people speaking about feeling low/high on energy and their need for boost in energy levels and so on. Ask a mother and she will share her own biography on ‘Energy’ .In these fast paced times, we look for quick fixes to all these needs and  often reach out to the unhealthy options easily available on the shelves. Some of them may provide us with an instant boost of energy but result in a sluggish us a few hours thenceforth. To add to our misery, we keep reading articles on how we need to stay off anything that’s packed and feel guilty looking at all those stacked packets in our houses.  I do. But let’s face it, however true may that be, it is impossible to entirely eliminate ready to eat foods to serve as snacks. We need them. We all do. If only people in the food industry vowed to do their best to produce and make available the healthiest eating options to us. Ready to eat packaged food should not be a problem if it’s ingredient list is good along with harmless/no preservatives. I am always on the lookout for such brands and have fortunately come across a few in my blogging journey. One such brand is ‘Gouri’s Goodies’. Loving this alliteration. Continue reading

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Weaning and the food journey beyond made easier.

Hello!

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Hoping all is well with each person reading this. Even if not, don’t lose heart, for something nice is what’s planned next by the almighty. As for me, I am feeling lighter after that gym session yesterday and in that high of happy hormones just finished half a packet of some junk maida biscuits and now I feel crap about it. I think the only solution is to keep the house free from all of these biscuits and only stock healthier options to keep fitness on track. But honestly, there are very few brands making actual healthy biscuits and snacks . Luckily I stumbled upon YAAZHFOODS that ticks off all qualities on my list of ‘must haves’ in baby food. Continue reading

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5 fun ways to keep your toddler busy!

If you are reading this right now you are most probably a mother.A tired , sleep deprived mother(or even a father-your wife is a lucky woman I tell you), who has tried everything and is here to find if there is anything new that you can try to get that active toddler busy and tired.So no other talks and let’s get straight to the things that you can try!

1. YOUR TODDLER IS THE BOSS, MAKE THEM FEEL LIKE ONE!:

Most of these little humans post crossing 18 months milestone love to get things their way.They love being in control too and as they grow older they enjoy taking responsibilities. ROLE PLAYING is Continue reading