Spending time with kids

Family Having Picnic In Countryside
Family Having Picnic In Countryside

I spend a lot of time with my daughters, which is an added perk of working from home. That said, most of these days what I don’t realize is that time is just passing by, I am there with them, but I am really not there. I am either watching TV (I’m a sucker for good TV shows.. sigh), or reading a book or (the worst) on my phone. Since they both are now more or less independent (one is 12 and the other one is 8) and don’t really need my company as such, I have also stepped aside and have started doing my thing. In a nutshell, I am usually only acting as their supervisor (telling them when to eat, do their homework, brush their teeth, etc.) and not really “in” the moment with them. Though when I really start thinking about it, what’s absolutely baffling is how fast time is passing me by!!

How these girls who don’t need their mommy to do most of their stuff now, were completely dependent on me at one point in their life! Don’t get me wrong, I do feel happy for this, and wish them all the happiness and success in the world… but at times, I also miss all those little moments when they were small. Cute times which are now a part of the past and well, no matter how much I want everything to freeze, time will go on and it should too! 🙂

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It’s just that we being the forgetful human beings that we are usually don’t realize the speed of time when it’s silently going by us. And often suddenly get aware of the fact that we have wasted most of it caught up in a mind numbing daily routine. We get a glimpse of it each year at the New Year’s Eve when we realize how fast the year flies by us—and so we make new resolutions all over again which are then generally packed off for the next year, after a month or so. We don’t realize this most of the times, but we spend our lives exactly in the way that we spend most of our individual days. If there is something we cannot do today, chances are we won’t find the will to do it the next day as well. And sooner than we know, we are fifty and we don’t know where all our life went.

So keeping this in view, one of my New Year resolutions for this year was to spend some quality time with my girls on a daily basis— be it going on shopping with them or going to out to eat together. Things that we have just stopped doing together for reasons I don’t remember now. Perhaps we got a little too busy with life. I haven’t been doing as much as I would like to and a month has already passed, but hey, we still have the whole year ahead of us, don’t we! Keeping my fingers crossed.

I’ll definitely give you all a lowdown on how to spend some quality time with your kids once I figure out some sort of formula myself, but for the most part I’m sure it needs to come from the heart and it needs to be worked on. Keep watching this space for more!

by Maasi Wajo

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To sugar or not to sugar

By Maasi Muna

My new year resolution which was to lose weight dawned onto me one fine day, I believe a little too late since the year was already half gone, but as the saying goes “better late then never”! Hence I decided to begin nonetheless and it’s mid-June and I am still going strong. I started out with my detox water which i wrote about a while back, and which is still working out great, but what to do with my sweet tooth?
Well, in order to curb my ever-increasing cravings I have started to binge on fruits like watermelon, plums, peaches and apricots. Summer does offer the best of fruit, hands down! It really has helped a lot with my cravings.

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Sugar
Everything seemed hunky dory and life finally started to move in the perfect direction but only for this one teensy problem. I just can’t possibly have unsweetened tea and tea is something I can’t possibly live without.

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Brown sugar (Crystallised)
I decided to tackle this problem by started using brown sugar, readily available in grocery stores all around the country.

But as I was adjusting to brown sugar, a friend pointed out that there is not much difference between white & brown sugar and that I should use Gur (Urdu). Gur is a country-made sweetener boiled in open pans with minimum of molasses. It contains 50% sucrose & all the vitamins & minerals, which are not present in white & brown sugar.

GUR  (The traditional rock form sugar)
GUR (The traditional rock form sugar)
Shakhar (Urdu) is also a kind of brown sugar but with 86% sucrose & is found in powdered form. Brown sugar contains 86% sucrose but is crystallised. Personally, I like the taste of brown sugar, and Gur needs getting used to.

So all you lovely ladies out there start switching to brown sugar or shakhar and then gradually switch to Gur, which is the best there is! These are both so much better then white sugar, which has 99.9% sucrose. We owe ourselves to eat healthy & exercise regularly & also inculcate these healthy habits in our kids. It’s better to start young because the habits formed in childhood stay with us throughout our lives!