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ShiviApril 20, 20208min1210

The circumstances which we are facing are unexpected, which neither of us has dreamt off. A few months back we were thinking about what are our plans for 2020, what we will do and what not? And suddenly something like this comes up and we, totally unprepared, are thrown into it. And it’s not only we but also kids are stuck in these situations. Below are some of the things and activities that I’m suggesting to keep kids engaged during the lockdown.

 

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Make Timetable – We should ask kids to make a time table for themselves. And when they are making the time table we have to emphasize that they have to keep some time for learning new things daily, be it anything but it should be of their interest. And ask them to keep everything in the time table even the smallest of things like eating food etc.

Involve them in House Chores – Make sure that you involve kids in one of the house chore activity. In this way, they will be able to understand how mom-dad does these activities and also will understand the importance of small things. Also, you need to appreciate them when they are doing it so that they will feel proud of it and in the future, they give importance to each and every work without thinking or looking at any work as downgraded.

Make Reading and Writing a Habit– Force your kids to read and write daily for even a few minutes. Once this habit is inculcated in them they will automatically understand the importance of learning. In this way, they are developing very important habit which will help them in the long run.

Play with them – As a parent, it has become very tough for each of us to give time to our kids. I know everyone must be thinking that it should be easy but all those who have started working from home and can easily relate to this where, when you go to the office you can spare more time which has started becoming more and more difficult due to work pressures, especially being at a home lot more work is expected then what it used to be. Having said all this, I would still suggest please take some time out and just be with them. Do what they want to do without asking questions, become like them. This might give a break to you which you also need and they will be happy too.

 

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Create a To-Do list – Ask your kid to make a to-do list and tell them that be creative as much as you can. Once they create a list stick it in their room and ask them out of these what all you can do being at home. Help them in doing whatever is possible at home and when they are doing all these please don’t scold or shout at them when they are making house dirty as even they are facing same as you are and somehow trying to cope with this, though they are small to understand a lot of what is happening and why?

 

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Reading Newspaper – If you are getting e-paper to ask them to read the newspaper daily. This will help them in understanding what is going around the world and ask them to keep a dictionary with them so whenever they are stuck they can check the meaning of it. In this way, their vocabulary will also improve.

Look for Broken Things in Home – Ask them to check which all things are broken in the house be it their toy or anything. Then ask them if you need to repair it, how will you go about it. Tell them to try repairing these things. If some of the things are repaired then your task is done, if not then also at-least they tried to do something which was constructive and you should be happy about it.

 

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These are some of the things that I think can be done which not only will keep kids busy but also elated and engaged. People are hardly talking about these times when it is taking a toll on mental health as well on an individual. And this can happen with kids as well so we have to be double careful since if it is easy to take care of stuff when it is physical then mentally. I know these are tough times for all of us including our kids but trust me these times will pass and then we will think that why we have not utilised it to the fullest.

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ShiviApril 11, 20208min1924

Long-distance relationships in difficult times like these are what each of us is facing, is hard to sustain. These are such times when we are hearing a lot of things as to how to not get affected by what is going around. Most heard word these days is COVID and Be Positive. Trust me the most negative word these days is “Be Positive”. I am not going to say anything like that. Below are some of the things that can be done to keep the spark alive in your relationship.

1. Video calls – This is the best way in these times to get connected. Fix up a time and get on the call with each other. Talk about old things which bring a smile on both of your faces. May be while being on video call one person can make food and another person can suggest what all things to be put in it. Be experimental and try different things which you guys have never thought can try. This is your time guys.

 

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2. Intimate Chats – This is one of the most important things which should not be missed. You should do sex or intimate chats and talk openly when we did last time what you like and what you don’t. Next time we will be doing it this way or these are the things that we should try out. Be open and try to take it to the next level when you are talking to each other by seducing the other person and whatever best you guys can do. But do talk about these things as well since this is very important in a relationship and especially in long-distance one.

 

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3. Plan for Future when you meet what will you do – This something that you both can do i.e. to talk about what all things we will do when we met. May plan a future date or plan a vacation together. If date then what all things each of you would like to have. And if planning a vacation then make a bucket list and which all places you want to visit together and what all things to be done. You can get your homework done for multiple places and then when this lockdown is over you will be ready with everything and without wasting any time you can go on vacation. Sound Interesting huh!!!

4. Talk about things which are missed most – You both can create a list of things that you guys miss, it may be shopping together or going on a stroll with each other hand. Then share this list and see how many things come in common, in this way you both will come to know about each other more and can improve your relationship in the long run.

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5. Clarify differences – This is the best time to clarify your differences if due to some reason you guys fought with each other then get it clarified. Put your point and another person should listen to it calmly and quietly without reacting and then let other people speak in this way both will come to know that what and why that particular thing happened. If neither of you agrees with another person then come to a common point and take it a vow that we will try to avoid such things which can create differences and lead to fights.

 

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6. Talk about things which you always want to say to each other – There were always times when you want to say something to your partner but was unable to, maybe due to time constraint or due to hitch. I would suggest open your heart and speak it out. It is always good to be open in relationships as that will improve trust on each other and couples can sustain uncertainty easily

7. Laugh Out Loud thinking and teasing each other that we are not together 24 hrs – This is just for fun but yes some people are stuck with each and don’t want to. Even if you guys don’t fall in that category still you can tease each other and make fun by saying this. Whether we say it or not but it is true that we all need our space and when we don’t get that space relationship started getting heavy or become a load.

 

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Guys these are some of the tips that I think if used can keep us alive and our love for our partner intact. If you have any suggestions or comments please let us know. To read more relationship blogs please click here!!!


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ShiviJanuary 24, 20206min380

As the year slithers in with all its grandeur and the scent of fresh beginnings, it welcomes you to start the year taking a trip to the unmissable, evident and the unparalleled Jaipur Literature Festival. JLF is a five-day-long festival, wherein renowned writers and authors come together under one roof. It is held at the Diggi Palace every year and works as a platform where people come together to share their experiences, work, and other topics of interest.

 

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Today was the second day and it started with a piece of beautiful morning music and a saga of eminent writers and authors from all across the world. Before I start to take you through a journey of today’s event and what all was not to be missed, have a look at the basic details about the Jaipur Literature Festival. 

The venue of Jaipur Literature Festival: Diggi House, Shivaji Marg, Sawai Ram Singh Rd, C Scheme, Jaipur

Date of JLF: 23-27 Jan 2020

Timings of Jaipur Literature Festival: 6 AM – 9 PM (approx)

Entry fee of JLF: Nil except for the delegates, and media personals

Duration of JLF: 3-4 days

 

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Gift yourself an inimitable experience with the Jaipur Literature Festival. The highlights for today’s festival under JaipurBookMark are mentioned below:

THE ANATOMY OF A LITERARY PRIZE

Keynote Address: India at Frankfurter Buchmesse

Claudia Kaiser

Aanchal Malhotra, Elaine Canning, Hemali Sodhi, Mita Kapur and Sunny Singh, moderated by Arunava Sinha

WHY PUBLISHING POETRY IS IMPORTANT

Ashok Vajpeyi, Chris Agee, Madhav Kaushik, Mindy Gill and Ranjit Hoskote, moderated by Naveen Kishore

TRANSLATION AS INTIMACY

Arunava Sinha and Sunandini Banerjee in conversation with Anjum Katyal

A TEXTBOOK CASE FOR DIVERSITY

Atiya Zaidi, Niko Pfund, Sunny Singh and Urvashi Butalia, moderated by Manisha Chaudhry

COVERING CREATIVITY

 Aanchal Malhotra, Arsen Kashkashian, Devangana Dash and Kunal Basu, moderated by Shobhaa De

The Literature Festival sessions that were the best today: 

JAIPUR JOURNALS: THE WRITING LIFE

Namita Gokhale and Shashi Tharoor in conversation with Shunali Khullar Shroff

CELESTIAL BODIES

Jokha Alharthi and Zikrur Rahman in conversation with Mohamed Zarrouk

WOMEN AND WORK

Anuradha Bhagwati, Asma Khan, Amita Nigam Sahaya and Namita Waikar in conversation with Namita Bhandare

SHASHI ON SHASHI

Shashi Tharoor in conversation with Michael Dwyer

WORD, IMAGE, SOUND

Shobhaa De and Amit Khanna in conversation with Kaveree Bamzai

SHANI: THE POWER OF SATURN

Robert Svoboda and Abhishek Singh in conversation with Anubhav Nath

IKIGAI: THE JAPANESE SECRET TO A LONG AND HAPPY LIFE

Francesc Miralles in conversation with Nilanjana S. Roy

JLF aims to bring writers, thinkers, literary experts, humanists, politicians, entrepreneurs, sportsmen, and the greatest animators in the world on a single platform. The platform permits them to interchange ideas and brainstorms over them, learn from masters and participate in sober debates and dialogues. Additionally, it is an opportunity for budding writers to learn and take back wisdom. 

 

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ShiviNovember 19, 20193min1230

Well, this small illustrative blog proofs that I’m not a feminsit..lolz You would know when you would read this below. The whole idea is to not to degrade men, though a lot more needs to be done when it comes to teaching men about women rights etc. Well, will not drag the topic to anything else. Read about International Men’s Day 

 

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On November 19 International Men’s Day rejoices worldwide the actual value men bring to the world, their families and communities. They highlight positive role models and dignify awareness of men’s well-being. Our theme is “Making a difference for men and boys.”

 

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International Men’s Day urges men to teach the boys in their lives the values, character and liabilities of being a man. Mahatma Gandhi said, “We must become the change we seek.” It is only when we all, both men and women, lead by example that we will create a fair and safe society which allows everyone the opportunity to prosper.

 

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A quick sneak-peak about today’s day! Imagery illustrations and pictures. 

 

Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.

-Gautam Buddha

 

A change is brought about because ordinary people do extraordinary things.

-Barack Obama

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ShiviJune 5, 201911min770

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We all must have been in a relationship whether long or short. But each one of us cannot deny that we have never been in a relationship. Apparently, we kept on thinking that how we all shall be happy in a relationship. We at times tend to be in our dreams or filmy Duniya – as we call it and try to match those love elements in real life. But there is a factor which you guys might miss on – is the essence of relationships and we ponder on why my relationship with my partner is not smooth or not moving in the right direction.

I am going to share some important tips and tricks for a happy relationship. You can call them life hacks as well and if you follow them, as per my belief, I can vouch that you end up being a happy couple. Let’s get to this blog:

Trust your partner

We should always trust our partners. I have seen a lot of men and women who keep a check on their respective partner’s mobiles or emails or etc. why guys?? If you trust them, what is the reason to do that? Trust me, if they want to hide something they will anyways do that. Most importantly having faith in each other is the recipe of a true relationship.

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Keep your egos aside

– Assume that there is a situation of hot discussion between you and your partner, what will you do? many times it ends up in cats and dogs fight – you know why because we clash our ego and cannot make it clam while it is needed the most. Will you try to make it up, you may find the answer is NO or sarcastic. The thought process is, if it’s not my mistake why should I say sorry, this is what we hear from a lot of couples.

Keep your egos aside

Guys when one person is angry other have to be calm, this is the mantra of a happy and successful relationship. Trust me you won’t be small if you somehow calm your partner.  In the long run, you and your partner will come closer to each other.  This is being tried by a lot of people and the results are astonishing.

Healthy Sex

we tend to think that how can sex help in having a good and happy relationship. Ohh, then, guys you are mistaken. A lot of tests and research is done and its proven scientifically that if a couple has sex 2-3 times in a week they are happier, mentally, socially and physically.  This is one of the crucial parts of a joyful relationship. Good sex not only releases stress but also bring us close to each other emotionally.

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Spend quality time

– With this fast moving life, we forget the importance of being with each other in both good and bad times. More we spend time with our partner better our relationship will be. Go for a walk with him/her may be for 15-20 min but that time shall be totally yours.  Or go on a dinner date with each other keeping your mobile phones aside. try to fetch out your time – talking about all things which both of you like. These things look kiddish but when you do it, you start feeling close to your partner. More you do it, closer you are.

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Give Importance to each other’s work – This is another common problem that we see among couples. Especially, in the Indian context where men don’t give priority to his better half’s work or maybe females at the workplace. Giving equal importance to each other’s work will bring harmony and consent in a relationship. No Work is big or small and everyone’s work is important. If we understand this, the chances of having quarrel and fights will be minimal

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Share home chores Helping is caring – when we can teach our kids this, why can’t we do the same. Always help your partner in whatever he or she is doing. Be there in the home chores equally with them. The idea is to be with him or her. be there with her in the kitchen, assist her in kitchen stuff. it is not necessary that you should know about cooking. If he is washing his car she can help in that. These small things bring you closer. Similarly, she can be a help to him in his house stuff.

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Give Space – Always give some space to the person whom you are associated with. People say why you need privacy. I say that everyone needs it to be men or women. Giving privacy is not that they are cheating on you. There are times where they want to be with themselves without worrying about other things.  it is like rejuvenating oneself. They may be alone or with their friends or somewhere else where they may be just on their own. Trust me this is one of the important things which we tend to forget.

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These are some of the hacks that if you follow, it will not only increase the trust and love in your relationship but you will start enjoying each other’s company more, making your relationship to sustain for a long time.

 

Be Happy guys 🙂 Make your life better 🙂

Shivi’s quotes

“Love can exist in many forms, it is on us, which one we explore and live with it our whole lives.”— Shivi Goyal

 

 



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