Dec 11, 2009

GAMBARE Aryaa-chyan!

Breast feeding for Aryaa stopped when she was around one and half years old. We didn’t do anything, Sobita was ready to breast feed her for next several months, but it was Aryaa herself who wasn’t interested. We continued formula for a little longer.

There was not much to worry as Aryaa was already eating other foods too from much earlier than this. But as most of the children she was choosy. She used to hate most of the vegetables but with ‘crazy’ naming, she started happily eating some of them. And gradually, there is not much problem left in the case of vegetables though sometimes we still have to devise ‘crazy’ names, ‘crazy’ shapes or ‘crazy’ stories for a few of them.

Milk (normal one, not the formula) is one thing that she didn’t like from the beginning. She preferred bottle feeding for whatever little she drank. But after she turned around 2 and half, her teachers suggested us to make Aryaa drink from cup in home as they were teaching that in Kindergarten too.

But it was very hard to make her drink milk from cup. There was no problem for water or juice, seemed she didn’t like milk’s scent. If cold, she would drink some but she hated the warmed milk.

Her kindergarten had UNDOUKAI (sports meet) in October. She got a ‘gold’ medal, her friends too got, all the children get it:).

“Yesterday, Aryaa-chyan got medal---“ she said during breakfast the next day.
“Yes, yes! Do you know why you got it?”
“Aryaa-chyan ran very fast--, so.”
“Yes! But why can Aryaa-chayn run so fast?”
“Because Aryaa-chyan is so GENKI (healthy)---.”
“But why is Aryaa-chyan so GENKI?”
“Because Aryaa-chyan eats well, eats a lot---“
“Yes, but not only that. Aryaa-chyan drinks a lot of milk too. Milk makes Aryaa-chyan’s feet stronger---“, I found an ‘opening’ here.
“Yes, yes----“, she ‘agreed’.
“Aryaa-chyan will drink today too, will finish this soon, won’t you?” I asked her.
“PAPA OOEN SITE NE----(Papa, please cheer for me), She was now ready to drink milk. 
“OK”, so I started “GAMBARE ARYAA-CHYAN! ARYAA-CHYAN NO KATI NI NARU YO---(Keep it up Aryaa-chyan, Keep it up! Aryaa-chyan will win-----)“ and clapping!
“SHASIN MO TOTTE (Please take some photographs too)”, was her new ‘order’ in the middle.
“OK. Click! Click!!----“ I make hand gestures, I now turned into a sports photographer too:)
“See, Aryaa-chyan drank all.” The cup was already empty.

While done like this, she started drinking milk before sleeping too.

So I am doing this role of a ‘crazy’ supporter and shouting “GAMBARAE ARYAA-CHYAN----“, not only once, twice a day since last two months.

And in the meantime, I am working as a sports photographer too:)


Ashesh said...

no words to write!! i just loved reading....the idea to make her drink milk....something i was not expecting on any part of my mind.simply the best idea!!

आश्मा said...

GAMBARAE ARYAA-CHYAN----“, you are so sweet and cute --my lovely sister!!
Ashesh learn from it --- lol!!

Bhagyashree said...

first time visiting this blog and loved it.

Mukta said...

lovely post..

Dilip Acharya said...

You always remind me about my immediate past....

I'm refreshed.... lovely post.

Basanta said...

Thank you Ashesh! I hope all this can be useful to you in future:)

Thank you Rama!

Thank you Bhagyashree! You are welcome!

Thank you Muktajee!

Thank you Dilip dai! The whole experience of parenting is so refreshing.

shail said...

That's a very innovative approach/ May be someone should have tried that with me too when I was young. I hated drinking milk and gave it up ages ago as a little kid :)
I'd say 'Gambare Basanta!' (Hope I am right!) :D

वन्दना अवस्थी दुबे said...

बहुत बढिया है.

Basanta said...

Thank you Shail! We just feel relieved with this 'finding'. Children are so innovative and they demand innovative approach from parents too. I don't have to say this, as you know it well, much better than me:)
Thank you for 'Gambare Basanta!' too! You are right. I too want to say 'Gambare Shail!'. This word 'Gambare' is so powerful:)

Thank you Vandana for the comment! You are welcome in this blog.

Wasti said...

Dear Basantaji,

Thanks for inviting me to your site. I didn't know, actually I didn't notice it . Today I suddenly happened to join and visit this site. It's so interesting. Right now, I am writing this but I am with my daughter ( not physically but mentally). Oh, what a technique. I would like to share the same but a little bit different. It was very hard to persuade my little daughter to drink milk. You know, exactly like what you did. My daughter, I think all the kids, wants to grow fast. The sign of growth can be measured by the things in the room they can touch. In my case she wanted to touch the electric switch board. I encouraged her by saying that if she drank milk she would grow and touch the switch board, she used to try and I responded that she grew a little. Like this before drinking she tried to touch, after drinking also tried to touch, I said ' a little remained'. So synchronization was that " she wanted to grow, I wanted her drink milk. "

So, I am so impressed by your feeling, techniques and the writing skills.

I loved reading your blogs.

Basanta said...

Thank you Wasti sir! And welcome to this blog!

It was very interesting to read about your experience too. I hope to see your comments and insights in future too.

Thank you again for the love that you have given to my blogs.

archana said...

I am always proud of my dad and i always admire him. Whenever I read this blog, it reminds my childhood.

aryaa is very lucky to get dad like you otherwise now a days dad doesn't have time to say hi to there kids.

Your blog is good lesson and inspiration for all parents and for future parents :)

Basanta said...

Thank you Archana! I am happy to know that this blog reminds you your happy childhood.

We are trying our best to give Aryaa a happy childhood and sharing our experience with other parents. I will be very happy if what I write here can be helpful in any way to other parents and future parents.

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