We mothers have all been there. The ‘bad’ days when we are on edge; cranky, moody and irritable; the day the children repeatedly overstep their boundaries until one of two things happen: either we snap, or something breaks irreparably. That is when all our anger-management vows and self-help resolutions go out the window, making us … Continue reading Sincere Sympathizer or Moody Mama: Disciplining Delinquents With Decency
“Come inside!” I hear Ammi’s voice as she squints outside from behind the French windows. “In a while; we’re making the doll camp,” I reply, sitting in the middle of the courtyard in the blazing sun, tenaciously trying to balance a ragged piece of cloth on four tiny sticks. “But it’s too hot! Come … Continue reading Bundles of Joy, Balls of Fire
Anyone who has a child knows what it means when you have to decide on a school. This is all the more mentally exhausting in urban, upper middle-class Pakistan, of late. The focus on early schooling (preschools), when the child is just a toddler, has taken the world of educated socialites by storm. Now, the … Continue reading The Schooling Dilemma: Elitist, Islamic, or the Purely Mundane..