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The magic book that tames toddlers and their tantrums

You must have heard this statement, “Oh just wait till your child enters his terrible twos. Your life will be upside down. Oh, and their tantrums are the worst. Good luck surviving those too.” When you hear such pleasant words of encouragement from fellow moms, your heart just lights up, right? Wrong! You kinda wanna strangle them for breaking your blissfully ignorant bubble. Sure, it would have burst on its own in a couple months time but seriously, you can let a mama enjoy few good months of peace before the Hurricane T2 hits.

My hurricane came a bit early. He started showing his first signs of toddlerdom at 16 months and I literally lost my mind first week in. He would throw a tantrum every 5 minutes and I, being 5 months pregnant with my second child, would want to curl up in a ball and cry in a corner. That’s when I told my husband we need to get help! So, we went to our favorite book store and started looking for some miracle book that would help us deal with this godawful stage of our little kid.

Enter New Toddler Taming – A parents’ guide to the first four years by Dr. Christopher Green. This book caught my eye among hundreds of others in the parenting section because of its sheer name. Tell me, won’t your eyes sparkle if you read two words, ‘Toddler’ and ‘Taming together in one line? So, the book came home and I went at it right away. The first problem it helped me handle was Rayan’s frequent tantrum cries. The one thing I was struggling to deal with for weeks and all I had to do was follow Dr. Green’s advise for only 5 minutes. Lo and behold, I had learned the art of handling my boy’s boredom tantrums just like that.

I can tell you this is the one book, and perhaps the only book you need to read if you want to learn the tricks (that actually work) of managing toddlers. This book works because it’s written by a Peadritician who has worked with children for over 30 years and has helped thousands of parents deal with a plethora of typical and atypical toddler concerns. It covers every single parenting woe under the sun and tells you exactly what to do, and how to act in some of the most common, typical yet extremely testing parenting situations.

Just to give you an idea about the depth of this book. It covers topics like Toddler Triggers and Tantrums, Discipling, Sleep Problems, Toilet Training, Feeding Problems, Habits and Fears, Daycare and School time, Early Learning, Sibling Rivalry, Tips for Single Parents, Working Parents, Grand Parents, and dealing with Special Needs children. Moreso, this book is so easy to read that even those who detest reading (God knows why) won’t be able to put it down until they finish it.

I am not going to say anything more about this miracle book than to really ask you to go and read this book. You will not regret it and I can promise you will feel super in control and confident about your parenting skills after reading this book. In case you already have a favorite then do share the details with me in comments. I would love to see if any other parenting book comes close to this level of easy perfection.

Yes, I just openly challenged ya’ll folks! 😀

Beauty, Mommyhood

Top 6 things you must do while dealing with postpartum hair loss?

Last night, as I was going through some old pictures of mine, I came across this one right here. I had freshly colored my hair purple and they looked so glossy, so healthy, and so luscious.. Fast forward to now. I’m going through the worst hair fall phase of my life. Those of you who don’t know, I had my second baby boy born 4 months ago and as soon as he turned 2.5 months, I started noticing that my hair are falling more than the usual amount.

Four weeks later, I was losing hair in bunches. The worst experience was a few days ago when I stepped into the shower and came out with clumps of hair in my hand. They would just keep coming off and it felt like I may have mistakenly shampooed my hair with some hair removing cream. As of today, hair fall is still going strong. I have official bald patches at the temples of my head. The total volume has probably gone down 60% and I am in a situation that wherever I go, I leave a trail of my hair behind me.

Ladies, what I am experiencing is a perfect example of postpartum hair loss. There is a ton of information on the web about what postpartum hair loss is and why it happens so I am not going to go in that area. What I do want to talk about is how you can deal with this crazy hair loss phase. This is my second time going through postpartum hair loss so I am not losing my mind or my sleep because I know it is just a phase that will pass I will regrow my hair and I won’t be bald for the rest of my life. Now, don’t get me wrong. I didn’t know all this the first time. I did go in to a bad depression, did some crazy things to my hair trying to overcome my complexes and made things even worse.

The good thing is I learnt a lot from my first postpartum hair loss experience and this time around when it happened, I was ready for it and I knew how to handle it. I am going to share a few of my tips and proven methods to deal with this temporary horror phase of your life. Trust me on this, you follow these tips, you’ll save yourself a lot of trouble, any kind of permanent damage and a peace of mind that all will get better in another 3-4 months time.

  1. Avoid using styling products, hair dryers, hot irons, curling irons, I mean all kinds of irons, please. Your already weak scalp does not need additional heat damage during this time.
  2. If you color your hair on regular basis or are now having the temptation to go for balayage, wait another three months and then go for it.
  3. Get yourself a haircut, preferably a shorter cut. Long hair tend to look more thin and flat during the hair fall phase. Since you will be growing a lot of new hair, short haircut will make your hair look thicker sooner.
  4. Oil your hair at least once a week and keep them tied up. Be careful not to tie your hair too tight, that can weaken your hair further.
  5. Gently brush your hair before you step into the shower. This way all your weak hair will come off in the brush and will not make you cry during your shower. Also, no clogging your bathtub.
  6. Focus on your diet, eat healthy and if you feel like it, go for multi-vitamins as well.
Rest assured, your hair will grow back in a few months. It does feel like the world is ending during this time but trust me, it gets better. You know I am not just making stuff up because I am going through this whole phase right now and I am doing all these things to keep my scalp and hair healthy until tiny new hair start showing up on my head. 🙂