Mum’s The Word

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Dear Char­lene, First of all, con­grat­u­la­tions on your first is­sue as the ex­ec­u­tive edi­tor of M&B! I en­joyed read­ing the Septem­ber is­sue, par­tic­u­larly ar­ti­cles like ‘New ways to bring up your baby’, ‘Of Knives and Forks’ and ‘Mind your medicine’. I am a reg­u­lar reader of M&B since my first preg­nancy. I have two chil­dren, and since their birth, I keep my­self busy work­ing from home, and in time, have man­aged to cre­ate my own small busi­ness. I am the owner and cre­ative head for my own de­sign stu­dio, where I sell hand­made party decor and home decor prod­ucts. I just fi­nally wanted to write in to M&B and thank you for be­ing with me through both my preg­nan­cies. It’s truly been a great jour­ney. Dear Shreya, Thank you for the won­der­ful words. It truly is won­der­ful to know that M&B has touched your life, and been with you on your jour­ney to moth­er­hood, more so to know that you’ve even started your own busi­ness. Con­grat­u­la­tions on this en­deav­our. We wish you all the best for your fu­ture! - Char­lene Hi Team M&B, Your story ‘Why pets make kids healthy’ (Septem­ber 16), re­veals the fact that there is a unique bond be­tween pets and chil­dren. Chil­dren who keep pets are health­ier and more emo­tion­ally bal­anced, ex­perts have found. Tak­ing care of a pet teaches chil­dren re­spon­si­bil­ity, since the dog de­pends on them to pro­vide what they need. Stud­ies show that in­fants who live with dogs have fewer res­pi­ra­tory in­fec­tions and less risk of de­vel­op­ing asthma. We must work with our chil­dren so that they learn how to treat the an­i­mal, feed and clean up, and pro­vide dis­ci­pline and train­ing. Dear Vinod, We ap­pre­ci­ate that you’ve taken the time out to write to us. We strongly be­lieve in a well-rounded de­vel­op­ment, and in a lot of cases, pets do play an im­por­tant role. I’ve grown up with a dog, and I can def­i­nitely say that my child­hood wouldn’t have been the same with­out her. - Char­lene Do you have some­thing to say? Is there any way Mother & Baby can help you in your jour­ney of par­ent­hood? Write in to the edi­tor at this e-mail ad­dress: mbe­d­i­to­ Dear Edi­tor, Thank you for a truly won­der­ful Septem­ber is­sue. I par­tic­u­larly en­joyed your Cover Plus on baby and tod­dler rooms. The pages weren’t only vi­brant, the ar­ti­cle made some in­ter­est­ing points. I be­lieve that every­body needs pri­vacy, and that in­cludes chil­dren, too. And while a child must en­joy a few mo­ments alone, par­ents should en­sure their chil­dren do spend an equal amount of time so­cial­is­ing and keep­ing busy. The story ‘Project Nurs­ery’ was truly an en­joy­able one. While it pri­mar­ily spoke about dé­cor ideas, it did make me re­alise the im­por­tance of per­sonal space. Dear Ma­hesh, Thank you for writ­ing in. I com­pletely agree that ev­ery­one needs their ‘me time’ , and chil­dren are cer­tainly not ex­empt from this. Cre­at­ing a safe space and en­vi­ron­ment for them to grow and thrive is essen­tial, and hence the con­cept of their own room or liv­ing space is some­thing we tack­led. - Char­lene Dear Team M&B, Mother and Baby has al­ways been a great read. I was hooked to it dur­ing my first preg­nancy and now with a sec­ond child on the way, I find so­lace in read­ing the mag­a­zine. It pro­vides a plethora of in­for­ma­tion on var­i­ous top­ics not only re­stricted to preg­nancy but other con­nect­ing top­ics. I found the Septem­ber is­sue most in­ter­est­ing be­cause of the cover story. Firstly, the cover looks fab­u­lous, ku­dos to the de­sign team. The story was in­deed a fas­ci­nat­ing read. I have never read some­thing like this in your mag­a­zine ear­lier. Liv­ing in a coun­try like In­dia, peo­ple can get quite judg­men­tal. Hats off to St­ef­fina to have agreed to be on the cover and share her story. I am sure there are many peo­ple out there fac­ing sim­i­lar is­sues but to avoid be­ing stereo­typed they re­frain to share their jour­ney. Many peo­ple will surely be in­spired by her mod­ern out­look. Keep up the good work and lots of bless­ings to Sa­van­nah. Dear Deepshika, Con­grat­u­la­tions on your sec­ond preg­nancy and we hope to be a wor­thy com­pan­ion this time as well. Work­ing on our Septem­ber is­sue was very ex­cit­ing for us since we had such an in­ter­est­ing cover story to share with our read­ers. Thank you for your kind words. - Char­lene

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