An Unexpected, Voluntary C-Section

I had nary a trace of fear or dread. Just a sense of well-being. Image: Thinkstock.

There are a lot of emotions around child birth, be it vaginal or via a major surgery. I had never planned on having a C-section. There was no reason for me to be prepared. I was steeled for the intense pain of labor and delivery followed by the elation and pride in what my body…

Parenting is not miserable

Mother with her daughter on the beach

I have heard so many complaints and negativity around parenting and raising children, that it’s made me wonder why people have kids in the first place? From being sources of inconvenience and sleeplessness and general adult-time-invasion, it seemed like these people cherished their pre-child days way more to appreciate their offspring. I know parenting is not…

In Praise of The Only Child

Portrait of woman relaxing at home with her toddler daughter

I have been a target for pity most of my life because I bear the status of an only child. And now, people have started showering their misguided sympathy on my toddler. It’s come full circle. I now get a sense of what my mom must have faced raising me, against societal expectations; family members nagging…

Relearning the ropes of motherhood

child little girl playing on children's slides at playground

I knew that the day would come when my baby would not need me anymore, but I wasn’t prepared to face it before she turned two! It has been quite a transition to watch her go from a helpless, needy 8-pounder to an independent, driven, determined, extremely verbal toddler. Everyone says that their childhood flashes…

8 Life Lessons My Daughter Is Teaching Me

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As a mother, I knew that I would be expected to teach my child valuable life lessons. To raise an empathetic, responsible, and curious citizen of the world would be my charge, my responsibility, my social obligation. What I didn’t realize was that this educational endeavor wasn’t going to be a one-way street. My 22-month-old…