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  • In the last episode of Real Moms Real Stories, in association with The Champa Tree, our guest is Sonam Patel. Motherhood is a beautiful feeling but sometimes it can come with certain challenges. Sonam had her challenge when she had to deliver a premature baby of 33 weeks. Her baby was also diagnosed with Rubella within few days. But overcoming all the challenges, she stood by her son during his ear surgery at 3 months and heart surgery at 5 months. “Kudos to your bravery from Chimes Radio”!

    It was a tough period for Sonam as a mother but her baby was very strong and soon he started to sit and walk by the age of 3. Even though it was hard for her family to deal with the situation but Sonam never gave up hope and always had a positive mindset. Sonam explained to us how special education is different from normal education at home. In the case of her son, after he started with special education, he did start expressing himself more and better. Even his listening time and activity time have also increased.

    A child with special finds it hard to feel accepted in society. “Judgment and Momshaming is prevalent in our society”. People need to understand that every mom tries their best to be the best mom, best wife, and best daughter-in-law. Sonam like everyone was deeply affected by the judgment passed on by her parenting style but now she hardly cares since she knows that no one can treat her baby better than her.

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  • Introducing Usri Sen, our third real mom of the series “Real Moms Real Stories” talking about her motherhood experience. In the professional world becoming a mother and taking a maternity break becomes a limitation for a woman. Society has made a definitive image and role of a mother. Mothers should not feel guilty about their professional life, they should rather have a balance between being rational and emotional. It is best to see and decide what is going to be best for the child in the long run. The equation with a child radically changes as he/she grows up as well as the trigger points of guilt. “What makes you feel guilty right now will be different from what will make you feel guilty in 10 or 3 years hence from now.”
     
    People will always have a perception about you that cannot be controlled. They will give advice which has worked for them. But each experience is different, each state of mind is different, each child is unique and different. Advises that worked for certain people might or might not work for other parents. “A mother knows what’s best for the child.” The choice is always on mothers.
     
    Usri shared her motherhood joy with us by sharing a few of her life’s experiences. She is thrilled to see how her son has started learning to understand things by just observing. Kids cannot be spoon-fed, they rather learn by observations.

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  • Life is not a bed of roses but mothers definitely make it one. In the second episode of the series “Real Mom Real Stories” in association with “The Champa Tree”, we have Ayesha N who went through a stressful period in her life but did not let it affect her child in any way. Let’s listen to her the story of the renowned chef Ayesha. She has successfully paved her way through a stressful divorce and is raising her beautiful daughter, Samara, as a single parent. 

    When asked about the secret mantra to balance both her professional life and mom's life, she shared that with time she has stopped putting pressure on herself. Her secret mantra is communication. She talks and communicates with her daughter a lot. She gives her daughter a scenario of her busy schedule and makes her understand it. She also involves her daughter in whatever she does. Be it making a batter or cooking together or helping out in the kitchen, she involves her daughter in everything. Her tip to happy balancing is communication & involvement. She further shares the stressful phase of her life when she had to part ways with her husband. As a single mom and wanting the best for her child, she started researching a lot, came across various therapists to understand the best way to tackle separation ensuring that the kid is not impacted negatively. She jots down a few important points that every parent should keep in mind:
    Be open- Let your child be familiar with the situation and understand the meaning of divorce. Make everything feel normal- Make your child feel normal. Make him/her understand that no matter what, kids are always going to be the center of the universe for their parents. 
    Make your child feel secure

    Listen to her advise other parents on separation and talk more about her lovely daughter and the surprises she received from her.

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  • We kick start our series of “Real Moms Real Stories” with such a mother who took the leap of faith and started something that had risks of its own. But she managed to touch the hearts of many with her creativity and grace. During the conversation, Ms. Anupama Dalmia shared her very thoughts on motherhood and stated that motherhood changes a person in a lot of ways. It helps women discover how strong she is and what is she capable of.  Apart from that it also helps in being a better version of ourselves. Motherhood is an ongoing process, the changes and learnings are constant. 

    She advised all the mothers out there to pursue what they want to do no matter what. One can change their career at any point in time, no matter what people say. “Derive your strength from the supporting section of your circle.” Anupama is a writer, a social influencer, an entrepreneur, a creative writing mentor, and a choreographer. Her passion for each of the things she does boosts energy in her to go much forward and be self-driven. She is able to embrace herself completely without any motherhood guilt. Society always expects mothers to be sacrificial. Someone who would leave everything for the sake of children and be after them. Kids don’t need sacrificial mothers. They just need mothers who love them, can spend time with them, and guide them through life. Anupama told that she might not spend 24 hours with her daughter but her daughter is definitely her priority. “Let go off the motherhood guilt!”

    Listen to Anupama talk more about motherhood and the importance of the creative field in kids’ life. The entire podcast of “Real Moms Real Stories” is in the “Parenting & Childhood” section of the Free Chimes Radio mobile apps – available in Google and Apple App stores. 

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  • Every word and picture speaks volumes about the imagination of the writer. And when words and syllables come together and take the reader’s on an emotional overdrive, we surely call it creative writing. Especially in kids, creative writing can be a great way to understand their deep-seated emotions and feelings. In other words, it is a unique way to get a glimpse into the emotional intelligence, maturity, and the thought process of a developing child. Creative writing is now a very demanding carrier prospect, especially in the entertainment sector. If your child got that flair of creative writing then this podcast will surely help in nurturing that talent. In this special podcast, we talk to Ms Vijayshree of ‘Bellas N Bambinos’ who has been running Creative Writing workshops in Delhi and Gurgaon for young kids for ages now. In the discussion, we try to understand what creative writing means in young kids, its advantages and what cues can parents look out for to establish if their kids have a flair for it.  Hope your enjoy this podcast and benefit from it. www.chimesradio.comFB: https://www.facebook.com/chimesradio/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vrchimesradio/Twitter: https://twitter.com/ChimesRadio

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  • “The human tendency to regard little things as important has produced very many great things”- Geroge. C. Lichtenburg  Human tendencies are the basic development of survival. It helps us to understand and adapt to the surrounding. We human beings have a certain set of tendencies that exist right from our birth and develops with time. In this special podcast, our very own RJ Nitin talks about various human tendencies that we start developing as a newborn baby and we keep working on them throughout our childhood.  The five human tendencies which are covered in this podcast are: Exploration, Orientation, Imagination, Manipulation, and Communication. So if you are keen to understand why your kids act the way they do - be it touching various objects, developing a sense of direction or expressing their imagination in the form of painting or expressing in form of gestures or body language - check this podcast on human behavior.  www.chimesradio.com FB: https://www.facebook.com/chimesradio/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vrchimesradio/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/ChimesRadio 

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  • What have Peter Rabbit, Harry Potter, Mowgli, Aladdin, and Cinderella have in common? These are fictional characters from children story books penned down by some of the world’s most brilliant writers. Children's stories have a great way of entertaining us and enhancing our imagination from an early age and even while we grow up, these characters are always a part of our childhood memories. Writing a storybook is all about penning down thoughts and imagination in a way that teaches children values, empathy, morals, culture, etc.  So for this candid chat, we have invited Ms. Haimanti Mitra, an upcoming children book’s author whose first book “The Magical Forest" hit the stands in early 2020. In this chat, we cover various aspects like how reading is an important skill for kids and what can parents do to encourage kids to develop this habit in children. She opines that reading is like an exercise that not only helps to overcome boredom but also boosts creative thinking, helps build a strong vocabulary, and supports a child’s academic success.  To know more about Ms. Haimanti Mitra, her book, and her views on reading, listen to the podcast. www.chimesradio.com FB: https://www.facebook.com/chimesradio/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vrchimesradio/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/ChimesRadio 

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  • “Power is of two kinds - one is obtained by the fear of punishment and the other by acts of love. Power based on love is a thousand times more effective and permanent then the one derived from the fear of punishment”- Mahatma Gandhi Parents are under tremendous pressure all the time due to both personal and professional lives and this can lead to boiling situations when kids act a bit more demanding. And as a result, parents tend to punish the children as a form of anger outburst. Punishment does inculcate fear in the child which might lead to issues in the future.  It is important to understand the underlying issue here so we can handle the situations better, act upon the anger and handle it in a more mature way by developing our own coping strategies and lastly to stay away from any forms of punishments as much as possible.  In this episode of “Anger Management in Parents”, Chimes Radio talks to Ms. Mahalakshmi Rajagopal, a well-known intervention consultant based in South Delhi - and discuss various aspects of this subject. She is considered to be an expert in the field of parenting and has coached several parents over the years in her illustrious career to help them overcome these challenges.  Hope you enjoy the podcast and benefit from it.  www.chimesradio.com  FB: https://www.facebook.com/chimesradio/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vrchimesradio/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/ChimesRadio 

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  • “The best way to make children good is to make them happy.” –Oscar Wilde Motherhood is often like a guilt ride. Sometimes the guilt is overwhelming and sometimes just a low simmer but it is usually there in most of the women. These two can often be seen like parallel lines that go side by side and can originate from n number of reasons like trying to balance house and office for professional women, managing kids in a joint household, or simply by comparing your own life with someone else’s on social media. Many parents go through this feeling of guilt when they are not able to provide what they ideally wanted to for their kids and this leads them to indulge in a vicious cycle of guilt. Be it not giving proper time to the kids or not able to do the best for them or making professional choices a priority, it is the guilt that gulps up most of the mothers.  In this episode of “Guilt-Free Parenting”, Chimes Radio talks to Ms. Mahalakshmi Rajagopal, a well-known intervention consultant based in South Delhi - and discusses various aspects of this subject. She is considered to be an expert in the field of parenting and has coached several parents over the years in her illustrious career to help them overcome these challenges.  She also talks about the wrong perception that single-parent kids have emotional difficulties when growing up and about the guilt management in fathers, which due to societal pressure stays suppressed.  Hope you enjoy the podcast and benefit from it.  www.chimesradio.com FB: https://www.facebook.com/chimesradio/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vrchimesradio/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/ChimesRadio 

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  • “A nation’s culture resides in the hearts and soul of its people”- Mahatma Gandhi. Indian classical dance is an integral part of our history and culture. Under Ministry of Culture, India officially recognizes 11 dances as native folk dance forms and one of them is Kathak. Kathak is derived from the word “Katha” meaning story. It is called the dance of love and dancers tell stories through their hand movements, body postures, and facial expressions.  To know more about this expressive art form, Chimes Radio brings to you an interactive discussion with Mr. Pradipto Chakrobarty and Ms. Ritu Gupta, founders of Samarpan Kala Kendra, a Gurgaon based dance academy focusing on classical Indian dance forms. We talk about everything dance - starting with how to encourage kids, why age is not a barrier to start dancing, how Indian dance forms compare with other western styles and how dancing can be looked as an alternate professional career.  If you have ever thought that you are too young or too old to learn dance professionally, make sure you hear this podcast as it might change your perspective.  www.chimesradio.com FB: https://www.facebook.com/chimesradio/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vrchimesradio/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/ChimesRadio 

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