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Parenting Is Like Cooking Maggi

Published on: 25 October , 2017 | Prerna Wahi

It was one of those rare days when I was craving for Maggi. I asked my 5 year old son whether he wanted some. There was excitement in his eyes. Of course he did! He was surprised that his Mamma was offering Maggi instead of healthier alternatives. Usually he had to try hard to convince me on this one. I put water in a pan to boil. I noticed how water from room temperature got warm and made beautiful bubbles on the sides. I felt it resembled a parenting journey and set me thinking about the similarities between the two. Some days as a parent are tough and testing for us. We have to bear the heat and go through many emotions. But the cute little bubbles that we get to see as a result, make it all worthwhile. I added the hard Maggi noodles and noticed how they changed their form and softened in hot water. That's how I feel when I scold my son and he looks back at me with those mischievous yet innocent eyes. My heart melts and I can’t scold him further. Kids are aware that they are doing something wrong. But they don’t want to upset their parents, for they mean the world to them. A little patience and more love from our side may discipline them better than any outburst can. And what's life without a little Maggi masala flavour. That can bring zing to an otherwise dull preparation much like our children who add so much to our routine lives. Without them every day would be mundane but their presence provides a roller coaster of emotions each day. Not all days are the same but at the end of each day our love for them only grows deeper and stronger. They are truly the flavour in an otherwise ordinary life. It's usually advertised that Maggi takes only 2 minutes though it seems to take longer. Similarly, in parenting, everyone around tries to comfort you with the fact that the current phase will be short and the next phase of your child will be easier to manage. However, the truth is - once a parent, always a parent. You never stop worrying about them even when they move out of your house. Parenting is a life-long journey with so many stations yet not one single final destination. You can decide how you want your maggi –watery or dry or in the middle. Much like how you want to mould your children. They learn more by watching us than hearing from us so the example we set before them will shape their character and personality. We have to walk the talk. As my son and I sat on the table with our bowls and dug in, there was a sense of joy in my heart. It was comfort food in a strange way and I had missed it for some time. The time with our children also is similar. It passes by before you realize it. Just like maggi needs the water, masala and the noodles to make it tasty, we have to bring in liberal doses of love, time, care and understanding into raising our children into the maggi of tomorrow. This blog is a part of the Ultimate #BlogChallenge
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Prerna Wahi

Prerna Wahi is an active blogger and likes to write about her personal experiences. Her write-ups are inspired by the two men in her life- one she calls her strength (husband) and the other her weakness (son).

Shivani thakral 2017-10-30 21:37:29

What a yummy analogy Prerna! Loved reading this piece

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Shivani thakral 2017-10-30 21:37:29

Thanks shivani 😁

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ratna 2017-10-26 17:23:07

fresh and breezy and simple just like You and in two minutes you made something complex into something very special. Enjoying small joys in life

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ratna 2017-10-26 17:23:07

Well said. Simple words. Simple concept. Fantatsic interpretation by Prerna.

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Bhanu Shankar 2017-10-26 11:37:20

Hey Prerna very interesting read- esp the bit on parenting having many stations . Keep wiriting.

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Bhanu Shankar 2017-10-26 11:37:20

Thanks Bhanu! :)

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Richa bansal 2017-10-26 10:34:20

Relatable correlation...in our day to day life if we were to find such correlations life would be so much more fun and comprehensible....love the analogy! Keep writing

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Richa bansal 2017-10-26 10:34:20

Comprehensive & compendious!

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Veena 2017-10-26 09:36:16

Loved reading the article. Well written again. Keep it up

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Veena 2017-10-26 09:36:16

Thanks Veena

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Arati Shankar 2017-10-26 08:41:27

Superb article ,Prerna.How beautifully you have linked cooking Maggi to parenting.The deep insight & underlying philosophy described in a subtle manner , highlights the fact that you for sure will make a fantastic writer. Keep it up.

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Arati Shankar 2017-10-26 08:41:27

Thanks Arati.. Prerna has nailed it! :)

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Meena Vishwanathan 2017-10-25 21:48:34

As always nicely woven and expressed Prerna. Ur writing skill is blooming with each blog dear

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Meena Vishwanathan 2017-10-25 21:48:34

Thanks Meena.

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Ridhi 2017-10-25 21:14:52

Only you could find an extra ordinaire correlation in an ordinary part of life 😍 once a parent always a parents sounds so true. Way to go ❤️

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Ridhi 2017-10-25 21:14:52

So true! Parenting is tough a mother of an infant, toddler, pre-schooler, adolescent or teenager! Once a parent always a parent!

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Ashwin 2017-10-25 21:10:09

Well written Prerna. A fresh perspective in a very relatable way.

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Ashwin 2017-10-25 21:10:09

Thank you for your encouraging words!

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Ashwin 2017-10-25 21:08:56

Well written Prerna. A fresh perspective in a very relatable way.

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Neetu 2017-10-25 19:34:29

Beautifully written prerna ! Keep it up , I love reading all your posts

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Neetu 2017-10-25 19:34:29

Thank you Neetu!

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Neetu 2017-10-25 19:34:29

Absolutely Neetu! Very well written by Prerna.

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