THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT
India Today|April 06, 2020
What parents are doing to keep their children out of mischief in this COVID 19-enforced vacation
Shelly Anand, Ridhi Kale, Aditi Pai

1 PLAYING IT SAFE

Fashion designer Rahul Mishra and his wife Divya’s key priority is to keep their four-year-old daughter Aarna safe and engaged while indoors. “We’re trying to make her time at home productive, educational and entertaining,” says Rahul. They paint, clean the home and do gardening together. “She even helps with the cooking, getting a bowl of vegetables to chop with her toy knife and helping knead the dough for chapatis.” And when her father is doing yoga, Aarna is by his side; when he sketches, his girl has a pencil in her hand too. “We also engage her in simple physical activities,” says the designer. Sometimes, they just dance or play ‘catch me if you can’ in the living room.

2 LEARNING TO BOND

The lockdown has given Shruti and Saketesh Mohapatra, Mumbai-based wedding photographers, a great opportunity to bond and do fun activities with their four-year-old twins, Shivaan and Amaira. Shruti has even started a YouTube channel to share her stories. “I’m bringing outdoor activities indoors. I let them ride a scooter in the house or splash around in the inflatable pool. I’ve even bought a yoga book and begun teaching them. We also bake healthy cupcakes and cookies,” says Shruti.

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