A Homemade Haircut

Last week when I dropped Krishna at school his caretaker (school nanny) looked at him and then looked at me. I was trying to guess what might have happened and then she said, “Get him a haircut, please.”

His hair had grown awfully big and was troubling him. He lost his looks and hair covered most of his face.

Once I even told him, “With so much hair covering both of your ears, you look like Bachchan.”

Anyways, he needed a haircut almost immediately. Weekend was still a few days away when we would normally go out together to get him one.

So, I had to do something. I had a plan. I took him upstairs for a bath and just before that, grabbed a stupid pair of scissors (God, I didn’t a good scissors eitherJ but a plan is a plan) and started my job.

For the next twenty minutes my job was to be a homemade barber who had to do his job i.e. cut his hair and also keep him diverted so that he doesn’t spoil the game.

Krishna hates haircuts and doesn’t like anybody touching his hair, forget about messing it up and the last thing he needs is somebody to cut them. So, the job was difficult and all the more thrilling because I am not a professional barber.

This is the first time I was about to do something of this kind. But I had the confidence. Millions of my own visits to the barber gave me the kind of experience I needed.

It happened smoothly. A little cut from here and there and on the nape and on the sides and finally a little shaping. Bingo!

Krishna had a haircut! Super!

I gave myself a collar lift and patted my shoulder.

There you go.

You can do it!

He looked much better and smart.

When I dropped him to the school today (post haircut), his teacher commented, “Ah! You’ve got a haircut.”

Then she looked at me and asked, “Who cut it?”

I blushed and said, “I did.”

She laughed and looked at Krishna and said,” You’ve got a big boy’s haircut.”

 

I still don’t know what that meant.

Meal Time!

It has always been an arduous task to feed Krishna since he has turned two. It was difficult earlier as well but recently this has been our most important challenge. He is not more of a foodie kid hence he always wants to play but hardly wants to eat.

We thought about this quite a lot but had no clue what to do. We tried stories, fantasy characters, videos, movies, pictures, funny faces and almost everything that parents could try but things didn’t work as much as they should. He hardly ate. Even if he did, it took two hours of herculean effort and patience to have him do that.

Then something amazing happened. He started going to school. After couple of days of school, the idea dawned. Why don’t we just follow the rule of the school? It would help him learn and adapt to the school quickly while he’ll eat as well.

So, we decided and followed the school principle. Dedicated Mealtime, separate chair, full plate, freedom with little bit of encouragement and presence. The recipes changed everyday but not the rule.

Now we serve him a plate full that has at least 5 different eatables, one potion each. The plate mostly contains a main course, a salad, a fruit, a junk (crisps, biscuits, rolls etc.) and a dessert.

 

The plate is served at proper time, while he rests on his meal chair along with colorful kid spoon and fork with a glass full of juice or plain water. This does the trick. Mostly he eats a little bit of everything, sometimes most of few things, and rarely everything and very rarely asks for more. But things are getting better. The idea is not to leave him alone, but eat with him in your plate and be present even when you are done and keep encouraging him. As time passes, he’ll feel more confident and independent to eat himself without any assistance.

Notice how he plays and enjoys every bite, plays as he pleases and relishes every new dish with curiosity. It is sight unto itself that every parent would love to see.

Bon Appétit!

 

 

The Magic Box

Krishna has a habit of throwing things here and there. Also, he throws the thing he holds, very hard on the ground, when he is angry to express himself, to express his disapproval.

We used to think what should be done about it? An idea came to mind. Let us create a magic box. A box that is creative and magical and can hold all his toys. The idea is, he himself should make the box and use it to keep all his toys together. Whenever he wants to throw a toy, he should throw it in the box and not outside.

Sparing some time, we immediately started. Here’s the recipe –

  • Get hold of a huge carton box.
  • Have some colourful paper and craft paper ready.
  • A bottle of glue, scissors, cello tape and stapler.
  • Get some stickers, animals, cartoons, numbers, smileys or anything else you can get hold of.
  • Line up the box from the outside and the inside using craft paper, tape and glue.
  • Stick up the stickers that you have on the outside walls of the box to make it beautiful.
  • Ask your little one to put the stickers wherever he likes and pleases.

Bingo!

Thats about it.

You can be as creative as possible. Two birds with one stone. First of all, creating the box itself is a great craft activity and gives your kid a chance to learn new things. Second of all, the box servers as a placeholder for all the toys. It is also an ongoing activity and not a one timer because you can keep decorating and re-decorating the box as please.

You are welcome to share your own creative activity recipes!

Good Luck!