Small Things#17 – Dealing with the Momo Scare!

A few days back, I heard the older one’s friend talking about the Momo scare. It seemed that kids were talking about it in school. Later, my sister sent us a creepy video, showing how the Momo challenge messes around with young kids by popping up in between a popular cartoon series. While, the video was dismissed as a hoax but it correctly showed how evil, sick people could entice vulnerable kids and push them into doing dangerous things. To tell you the truth, even I was freaked out by Momo until an idea struck me!

Generally, parents would like to avoid talking about such challenges and it is okay. Less is always good. But in case, your kids know about it through friends or in school, what do you do? You find out a way to make them stay unaffected! What I did was I clowned around like Momo and made faces. After initial wonder, my kids burst into laughter. I established that Momo was insignificant in every way possible (actually poor Momo was just a sculpture by some Japanese artist). You could punch it and it will cry and run away. I took away the power of Momo to scare my kids.

BUT! I told them this was the second way of dealing with scare. First rule was to remember the instructions (updated version) by Mahatma Gandhi’s three wise monkeys – do not chat with strangers on the internet, do not watch bad things on the internet, do not listen to bad things on the internet.

With great power of the internet comes great responsibility for parents. Evil is right there on mobile phones, iPad and TV. We are now a part of the world wide web, we can’t break free but what we can do is to be watchful and alert when kids are using the devices.

How would you deal with such dangerous challenges?

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Small Things#16 – Little Known Dog Facts

Me – What’s the best thing about a dog?

Little One – He can eat by himself. The mom doesn’t feed him.

Me – Well, okay and not-so-good-thing?

Little One – He just stands on a treadmill, doesn’t run…and gets pushed out.

Me – That’s funny…tell me more…

Little One – They come in black, white and brown colors but if you are making art, you can paint them green, blue or red.

Me – How are you going to take care of dogs?

Little One – They only have legs. I’ll make robotic hands for them to grab things and do stuff…

Me – Okay, anything else…

Little One – (Thinks) Wait…it’s weird, sometimes they run after their own tails.

Me – Well, too much information to digest…thank you😀

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Small Things#15 – Dinosaur in the House

Yesterday, the kids and I tried Mixed Reality and whoaaa….there was so much excitement in the house!!! Please watch the video to experience the thrill. A dinosaur just strolled in and tried to grab the kids with its long mouth. But the kids escaped. Ufff, it was an adrenaline-pumping activity. Later, an alien arrived to teach yoga while a huge Bumble Bee hovered around (I will share the video sometime soon). In 1993, when we kids were enchanted by oh-so-real dinosaurs in the film Jurassic Park, little did we know that one day, our kids would have a similar technology at their finger tips. Really impressed and amazed by Mixed Reality. It’s cool!

Small Things#14 – Ideal routine by a kid

While my seven year old is looking for physical changes that the New Year might have brought in him and others, with comments like – ‘Mamma, my nose looks bigger in 2019’, his kid brother has been talking about ideal routine for little kids.

Have a look at the IDEAL routine, based on his inputs –

1) Wake up, have chocolate milk

2) Play until breakfast

3) Bathing time then TV time or Ipad time

4) Lunch

5) Playing with brother time

6) Milk Time

7) Movie Time

8) Dinner Time

9) Sleep Time

“When is the study time?,” I asked him. “Playtime is study time for kids, Mamma,” he explained. Well, ahem, okay, ahaa!

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Small Things#13 – Flying Kisses

Few days back, I had a delightful talk with the little one. I asked him, “When you, Vava (big brother) and Papa go to school and office, who will take care of mamma?” Pat came the reply, “Mamma, my kisses will take care of you! I’ll leave enough kisses flying around at home and send some from school too. The kisses will sit near the kitchen window and make you feel happy.” I laughed at the heart warming thought.

As the season of merriment and the New Year arrives, I wish we all receive such pure, luminous baby kisses in abundance to protect us from all evil and darkness. Wishing you many, many of such flying kisses always!

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Small Things#12 – Man Kid!!!

Last weekend, the kids were playing in a park close to baseball and soccer fields. And I was busy finishing some artwork on a nearby bench, when the little one came running towards me at full speed. Excitedly he pointed out towards a bunch of baseball players who had decided to hang out in the kids’ park. I saw my elder one as well as other younger kids stop and look at them with interest.

‘Mamma, look, do you see him? The MAN KID!!!

Man Kid?? It was then I realized he has never dealt with the likes of them before. He has always been with either kids or grown ups. They confused him, hence the words – Man Kid!

I smiled, looked at those dynamic boys and girls, bustling with energy and excitement with care a hoot attitude, and whispered to the little one – they are called teenagers!!!

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Small Things#11 – Magic in our neighborhood!

This Summer not only flowers but magic blossomed in our neighborhood.

Driveways got filled with chalk art and innocent secrets were shared. Every beetle was observed and ants ran for cover as little scientists scaled the grounds. Stories happened and games got invented! There were nasty fights, cuts and falls but all was forgotten.

There were songs sung in chorus and amazing dance moves! There were dirty hands, feet as well, and soaked muddy shoes. Round eyes laughed and ruddy cheeks sparkled as they got engaged in charming chatter.

I saw stars in their wild hair and music in the shrieks. Imaginary characters came to life and so much was make belief.

Yes, I saw it all from my brown chair…experiencing it all like lines of an old prayer.

Many many years back, I was a part of the magic… now, sadly, just an observer!