Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Accept these..and you are sure to enjoy Parenthood.

Came across this article  23 Exceedingly Helpful Tips for maintaining Your Sanity While Livingwith Children  by Chris Jordan, a mother to 7 and the sole owner and writer for 5 or 6 blogs !
Inspired by her, decided to come up with my own version of
“How to Successfully Survive living with numerous little Men at home”
(23 tips from Sona Mommie)
1. You start from your living room. Drooling over those fluffy fur rugs, soft white fabric cushioned couches, glass flower vases, open book shelves – the beautifully done interior deco concepts in IKEA ? Well, all that looks good in IKEA, stays in IKEA.

DO NOT attempt to bring it home. It’s just not meant to be yours…and, the concept of having a carpet below your dining table. Don’t ever think of that. ACCEPT IT.

When left alone for a moment.....

 that was when he was single...no brother's yet !

"Mission accomplished..over over"
2.       Car keys, house keys,  fry pans…missing ? You know where to dig in first.

3.       Kids missing ? You find them here.....
 In the laundry basket, waste basket (one great weakness), kitchen cabinet, the toy shelf, suitcases or even inside the wardrobe.

 They could be anywhere…except, where they are supposed to be.

4.       To the youngest one of the lot; your time starts now. The “ragging” begins from day 1.
Welcome to Planet Earth, lill one. We are gonna have some great time here.
5.       Mothers!! do not commit this grave mistake of using lip-liners or eye brow pencils in front of your kids. It makes no difference to any other pen/pencil, what so ever, to them. 

Powder, creams..are also a BIG NO, in front of kids.
They too will imitate. ..in exaggerated proportions. MIND IT.

6.       The family portrait will have too many versions.

But, does it really matter if your hands originate from your cheeks and your figure is reduced to a face and legs alone. You just don’t care….and say! Very goood !! This is soo beautiful..your father looks soo handsome ! (the above image is of us 5..and the youngest one is just in his formation stage. No hand and feet yet!)

7.       Teach your elder ones to baby-sit and of course, breathing techniques too.
It needs lots of patience.
8.       Sticker papers….tear it into bits and stick it all over him.... on one hand and ask him to transfer the entire batch to the other. A tried and tested means to keep a terriblt bored 3 year old enterntained .
Moving his face from this...to...this....

  Mommie just won herself some free minutes to herself !!!  Bingoo !

9.       You believe hand bags are just meant to be holding the purse, id cards, make up kits ?? Not necessarily.


They would start off like that for a party..but..within minutes of reaching the venue, the shawls would have moved from around their necks to….

10.   Boys believe they are the best mechanics. Can repair anything and everything under sun..just that most of the time, it goes the other way round - from the perfectly working condition to never ever start equipment...humm...ACCEPT IT.

Vaccum cleaners are one of their favourite “guinea pig” to work with…and…wherever you hide the tool box, they WILL manage to pull it out, and do the repair works.
But like this !!! the cycle chain is "FIXED"

11.   Transformers – wear any costume, get a face paint…. and its an instant transformation to that character for the rest of the day.
 Well..that’s what they believe. ACCEPT IT.

 12.   Having too many kids doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to have a huge home and an even  bigger bedding space.
They will pile up.

13.   A good 40 % or more, of your day gets eaten up. ….. feeding the kids, that is. TRUTH.

14.   Food time (OMG!!!). Picky eaters but love eggs? Alright..mash up all that you can get hold off into the egg and make as omeletts !

that is one detailed separate post in my "quick picks" blog  – JUNK OMELETTE .

But if the reaction is...."yuck ! this omelette taste funny ! ", well..its time for some action. You put up that really disappointed face, as if you have learned this new revolutionary means of cooking egg from youtube just to be serving her children, and its something so new, that even the chef's at Sharavanabhavan haven't learnt how to make them. But their Mom just did ! Convince them, you are a superpower !!!

15.   Making pancakes, chapathi, dosa..whatever…go by doubles. Else, you are just not gonna get things done on time, especially during school days and you too need to leave for work.

Keep a pair of each – puttumaker, Appam and Dosa pans…especially your breakfast makers...and never insist that your pans should have it's handles in place. Most of the time..it wouldn't be there.

16.   They LOVE brooms.


17.   Need to try out some hair styling and they wouldn’t give in ?
Do it while in this position. ;)

18.   Don’t be surprised if your don’t find your kid in his bed where you laid him the previous night. They might wake up to go to the toilet, the mid-sleep walk might end just at the toilet door, do the needful ..pizzzz…onto the toilet floor (who bothers to walk up to the closet at midnight, anyways)..and walk back, but lose track and end up sleeping in the other room.

19.   Toys – don’t EVER ask me. I am not responsible.

20.   Mommies best hobbies –

 FORGET IT !  (in bold capitals !)

21.   Socks …in pairs….???? haa haaaaa

22. Convince them that you know the names of all the aliens of Mr. Ben Tennyson, and be proud to be crowned the "most awesome mom in the universe !" .

Make yourself the biggest fan of Shaun the sheep and George the monkey. They will love you for it. TAKE MY WORD.
23.   And..finally….you are about to wind up..a big day is coming to a close…and you just can’t survive without these two things –

A hot water bag and….TIGER BALM ….for your spine!
that again, in detail in my previous post here....  Two things to be really greatful to...

Now…having written this very much….i should also say, that a coin HAS…definitely HAS two sides.  However  hard or tough days can be at times..home, kids, career, other social commitments….yet…yet…ACCEPT IT, that you are indeed going through the best times of your lives.

They grow way too quick and these becomes the best memories of tomorrow. Something to look back and smile. Enjoy parenthood. Enjoy your kids, especially while they are young. Coz, today..ask them for a kiss…you get it..lots. Ask for a hug..you it it , tight. But tomorrow..you might not. Coz, they shy off. So, mommies make maximum use of your kids..and yes, exploit their innocence too, especially when foodings are involved. That too..you don’t get to do for long.

that's worth thinking - When Children are Loved....Parents have Peace !!!

Mommie to 3..and enjoying mother hood !



  1. OMG.. Sona... Hats off.. the post is so true and feels like written for me... With a 17months old son.. I truley accept all facts... and am gonna be a religious visitor to both ur blogs especially this one.... Cutie boys...

  2. hahaha... sona... i can't stop laughing... from the IKEA bit to the end... haha... chirichu chirichu njan chaavum... regarding the make up bit, i remember when rasha was 3, she had taken my kohl liner from my bag and made herself look like a real panda!!! :D this is so so true... but Alhamdulillah for the blessings called children, otherwise how would u know how these feel? ;)

  3. Lols.. Just enjoyed reading this post.. Every bit of it... Every Mom will totally relate to it.. The cute pics are awesome... And I love parenting and motherhood too :D

  4. Sona, i loved it. such a nice read. I am going through all this and totally associate with it. Oh and my Abbey loves omelette. she calls it pancake eggs.

  5. Interesting post,enjoyed..Thanks for sharing the lovely pics.

  6. Really enjoyed reading this post..very interesting..

  7. That was a lovely read Sona. I started my day with a wide smile reading this post, each n every single sentence is just so true :)
    Following you back

  8. Very interesting post Sona, I can relate to each and everything u have posted. Its just like a little rewind button switched on.... thanks for sharing a lovely post....

  9. wonderful post Sona.I enjoyed all the pics.Without them there is no life in a life.

  10. Wow awesome Post Sona I really enjoyed reading dear :)

  11. Hilarious post there. OMGGG....hats off to your for keeping sane, but adorable little ones. It's interesting how kids figure out things that should not be done and will not be tolerated. I remember when my little one was growing up, he would go sit in the dryer and hide, it freaked me soooo much that, I kept in my sight always always for so long after that. Lipsticks, are kids favorite too...you brought back some nice memories..

  12. Sona Mommie's tips are hilarious, diplomatic and good!
    Kudos for the line - All that looks good in IKEA, stays in IKEA. How true!!
    I love the suitcase pic, very adorable!!
    The hair styling pic, im sure your son is gonna fight with you for this shot when he grows up, HaHa.
    He is gonna ask you - "How dare you put that pic in your blog, what will my girlfriend think???" :-) - Im sure you thought about it!
    Lovely write up, and kudos for handling this many kiddos and enjoying every bit of it!! RESPECT.

  13. Ha ha ha... Very interesting info and clicks... Lierally enjoyed reading this !! Thanks for ur post...

  14. hahahahahhahahahahah.....loved it so so true...really nice post....

  15. @Pavithra - :).. yeah ! the suitcase picture..i know..he is soo cute in it..it was and is still the most favourite of my father, of his first grandson. He just loves this picture. Andabout the toilet one..well i have more pictures of those in that room..but can't put all in here..lol.. well..to be honest, i click almost every change in their lives n have a good collection og their growth stage. My husband says..well keep them, n release the "best" of the lot, on their wedding eve, bachelor party !!!! ...how is that !!! ;)

  16. Asha - dryer !!! gooshh..no wonder you freaks out !!!

  17. Rafeeda - agree...true..how do we know all these, unless we experiece them ourselves . Can imagine your little panda all in makeup. :)

  18. @Tinku - thats really sweet of you..keep connected.

  19. This is a really interesting post,finally kids are kids... :)
    Anyway I was scared by just reading the first point,we recently moved to a new home & furnished the dream home starting from a white sofa,now I know what will happen to it later.... :)
    Following you & hope to see more interesting and informative posts..

  20. @Amila - haa ha..its ok.,.if i am not wrong..ur kiddo is yet to be released, yeah ? so, u have time !!

  21. Hi Sona, sorry I'm late in commenting. My blog got hiccups past 2 days so I couldn't see your update.

    Arh...muaahhhhh your sure make my day. I'm laughing and giggling from Ikea all the way down to tiger balm. Now I need a little bit of the tiger balm to rub on my jaw line. LOL

    OMG... your 3 boys are superb cute and very entertaining. Boys are boys... what more their age gap is quite closed. I love and enjoyed looking at each and every pics. Their mischievous sometimes may make you want to cry or run out of the house but they are going thru the growing up stage. You'll soon miss all this fun for when they grow so fast without you realizing it.

    We are now equip with digital camera and computer...yes you should capture all this fun and store it. When they grow up let them see how 'creative' and 'innovative' they are when once a upon a time..... LOL

    I got not much problem with my 2 kids when they are young cos their age gap is 15 years. My daughter is now 26 yrs and my son 12 yrs. My girl didn't disturb me that much when she was young, she is a quiet child. My boy was taken care by my maid while I'm at work, so didn't give us much problem too. Only twice he break the cabinet glass door due to playing football in the house. LOL

    I'll be one year older next week hit over the hill big 5,stay tuned @ Wednesday!

    Have a nice week ahead. With lots of love and hugs to you and your boys.

  22. Oh my god..I am so surprised how you find time for three blogs after 4 men and a job.Seriously this is amazing! Really liked the cycle chain pic.You must be an expert now at detecting all the lil helps :))I am literally on pins thinking of you.But enjoy it while they are young dear they will grow up in no time.

  23. Meena :D blushing....oru vayikku anghu pokunnu...athraeullu.

  24. Amelia - tiger balm on your jaw line...lol...so...It's a big day come wednesday..yeahhh??? Wil definitely drop by. ..hugs...

  25. wonderful post... lol, like all the quotes and the comparison list as i am on left side now... and i can see lots of challenges will come on other side...:)really, salute to all MOMs...

  26. Am not a mother yet :-) but was a great read and truly appreciate your patience and time management.


  27. I have to admire you Sona for managing 3 boys and a grownup man in your house. I have one girl and a boy most of the time they join in hand for making a mess. I agree with you by the end of the day we need tigerbalm.
    By the way thanks for noticing the mistake in my blog post.

  28. interesting to read this hilarious post..love these pics and their naughtiness..

  29. Oh My God... What a great post... Just loved ur writeup... Managing one girl n boy itself a great thing for me... U manage 3.... Hats off to u dear... But I just live them what ever they do... As u said whatever kids do.. They enjoy it n make us to enjoy... So good

  30. Ohh my Sona... That is such a cute, from the heart, treasured post !! Loved each & every single line of it.. Felt soo moved reading it, that I made my hubby too read.. He was all smiles reading it, esp the IKEA, vaccum cleaner & the cycle part.. Seeing the cycle pic he was like 'Entammmmmeee, entha ithu???' I was soo moved reading the last part.. So true, we grow old & we feel shy to kiss our mom or dad !!! Ur kids are gonna treasure this post when they grow up, just how they r now treating u as the royal mom for knowing all the cartoon charas names !! I am no expert in giving u advises as I have not reached that stage yet !! But I salute ur energy in keepin up with the energy of 3 toddlers !!

  31. hats off to you dear , first of all the post is very hilarious, informative, truely interesting and loved the way you are managing things, your blogs, three kids and a job on top of it all, amazed at your enthu and energy , loved the way you look at life... my love to you and ur lovely family....

  32. @Nayana - thanks vey much for those lovely words :)

  33. @Chitz - haa haa...liked ur hubby's reaction !And for the carton character names - u have no choice, have to give in..but take my word, u have to see the excitement on their faces when they feel that we too are watching their favourite show along with them. Even if we are acting, they will take it..and the really like it.

  34. Akila - agree to what u have said, what they enjoy, the see that we too enjoy it as well...

  35. is that you, Reetha Gopalakrishnan @ inciblog ??

  36. I really enjoyed reading your beautiful post! Keep them coming Sona...

  37. Hi Sona, I'm inviting you over to my cyber birthday party. I decided to post one day earlier but I completed my posting very late last night.

    Be seeing you. *hugs*

  38. Sona, I loved loved this post. You are too witty and humuorous with your words and all the pictures are so proceless...Even I have all such pics of my lil'Appu. And whats with boys and broomsticks n waste baskets...seriously?? I laughed n laughed reading this post. Thanks a lot for sharing and kudos to u and god bless ur lovely family!

  39. Hi Sona.... my blog missing. All my posting cannot be found. Oh... dear all my 2 years hard work.

    You can contact me at amelia461@hotmail.com


  40. Hi Sona, just to let you know I got back my blog. Was panic for 2 hours cos when log in to my blog it came out message that my blog has been removed. Lucky google sent me a verification code to my handphone for me to get back my blog.

    What a birthday shock for me. LOL
    Have a nice day.

  41. Hi Sona
    U r so humorous...cant stop laughing .... I can see the situation with 2 kidz from ur post... really superb. Thanx for sharing....n regarding the make up datz true....all dat u mentioned here is the fact with a great big ingredient of "Wit" :)I admire ur managing capability dear!!!

    Conclusion: A great post ....!!!really enjoyed :)