Children’s Day (India) - Guest Blogging

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The Garden Of Love

The Garden Of Love

Today is Children’s Day in India. It’s a day to remind us to LOVE children, have FUN with them and tell them they are VERY SPECIAL!

The Garden Of Love

I want to thank Shirley from for inviting me to be her guest blogger for this very special occasion. It’s such an honour and a delight. Children always have a big part in my heart. Since it’s Children’s Day, I decided to call my dish for the blog post, ‘The Garden Of Love’, to show that a child’s life is like a garden that needs a lot of love and care to make it beautiful.

About Shirley

Shirley is a clinical psychologist by profession. She worked for 10 years before she got married and has settled down in India.  She had counseled a lot of parents, teachers and kids and seen the worst scenario in family life. She was well aware that parents need to spend a lot of time with their children to bring them up well. She gave up her job to stay at home to be with her children. She just wants to be home with them rather than anything else. To me, that’s the best choice that she had made, one which she will never regret for sure.

I resigned from my job, too, when my children were 5 and 3 years old. I never regretted making that choice. I actually regretted not having made that choice earlier. I’m very thankful that my hubby let me. I can eat less, live simple, but my time with my children to teach, train and nurture them was just too important for me to compromise. I’m very happy that they are grown up now and doing very well and I’m extremely proud of them.

About Shirley’s Blog

Shirley’s blog title has been beautifully entitled ENRICHING KIDS. It reflects her desire and vision to reach out and help others be a greater blessing to children. She shares a lot of healthy recipes on her blog. Like her, I believe that one of the best and most important ways to show our love for our children is to serve them and talk to them about healthy food. It can be challenging but with the support all around us, ideas and words of encouragement, it can be a lot easier and more enjoyable. The more we do, the better we become. Some of her lovely recipes are Beetroot Cutlets, Okra Crisps, Beetroot Jam, just to name a few.

Be A Blessing To Children

I hope that we can all be a blessing to children in one way or another as much as they are a blessing to us. Ever imagine the world without children? Not only will real DEPRESSION set in but the human race will go into extinction! So, let’s always treat children with love, respect and dignity because they deserve it. Have fun with them. They’ll make you feel younger. Be a positive influence to them and impact them for great things. Some of the greatest encouragements that I received came from children….their compliments and their prayers. And to see their lives changed for the better is worth every sacrifice that you make for them. We can all contribute in one way or another to add values to children and make this world a better place.

Caught Or Taught?

Will our children grow up to live a donut life as I shared in my earlier post, Sweet Potato Donut? It really depends a lot on us what we impart unto them. A lot of the things in life are caught and not taught. I hope we can all live our lives as great examples for our children to follow.

Please visit Shirley’s blog to read more what I had written and appreciate that you leave comments to encourage one another. Don’t forget the many healthy recipes on her blog.

Recipes that kids can be involved and suggested topics to share:
Peanut Butter Mochi Balls - you can talk about life that needs to be moulded
Keep Smiling Sesame Balls - you can talk about happiness
Sweet Potato Tortoise-shaped Chinese Dessert (Angku) - you can talk about consistency
9 Layered Coffee Rice Pudding - you can talk about building our lives one step at a time
Sweet Potato Donuts - you can talk about the emptiness and fulfillment of life
Popular Pineapple Tarts - you talk about patience and teamwork

Quote of the day…..

”Children are the world’s most valuable resource and its best hope for the future.”

John F. Kennedy

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Jennifer Lancey  on November 14th, 2009

A friend of mine just emailed me one of your articles from a while back. I read that one a few more. Really enjoy your blog. Thanks

penny aka jeroxie  on November 14th, 2009

Fantastic! You are such a good mummy! :)

Trissa  on November 14th, 2009

Hi Mary,
I have got an award for you - I hope you like it. I thought of giving it to you because you are constantly posting stories and great cooking ideas that inspire us all. I also know from your posts what a great Mom you are - I really admire that.

Please visit my blog to pick it up!


Shirley  on November 14th, 2009

Hey Mary,
Wasnt expecting that! Thank you for your kind remarks and for being my first guest. Keep checking the original post for all the comments for you.

Mary  on November 14th, 2009

@Jennifer - Thanks very much for visiting and leaving comments. Hope you try out some recipes here and let me know how you get on with them.

@Penny - Thanks for your lovely compliment. It’s never easy to be a mom but it’s all very rewarding.

@Trissa - wow…thanks a zillion for the award. I’m so touched…adds much joy to my weekend. Thanks for your lovely comment. Really appreciate that. Hope you have a fun weekend.

@Shirley - You are most welcome. Thanks again for inviting me to be your guest blogger, especially on Children’s Day. It’s an honour to do so. You have been doing an amazing work on your side. It’s really encouraging and inspiring.

Sanjana  on November 14th, 2009

Mary you were the most PERFECT person to guest blog on this subject! x

pierre  on November 14th, 2009

Hi Mary thanks for this post but what is the recipe on top? and if you like mango in a different way please visit me !!cheers Pierre

Divina  on November 14th, 2009

This is such a great post. Another example that food and relationships are inseparable. It’s so true that enriching the lives of children should start by giving them encouragement and shower them with positive words. You children are so blessed to have you as their mother.

pegasuslegend  on November 14th, 2009

So wonderful to read this post I love the encouragement here….very nice :)

Mary  on November 14th, 2009

@Sanjana - Awww…thanks very much for such lovely comment. It’s always so lovely to talk about kids. They are just so amazingly awesome. They always remind me not to lose that child within me.

@Pierre - Thanks for visiting and leaving comment. The recipe is a special recipe for kids and represents the life of a kid that needs love and care to make it beautiful just like a garden.

@Divina - Thanks very much for your lovely comment. Yes, children need lots of encouragement and positive words spoken into their lives just as much as adults still need that. I’m really thankful that my children are a great blessing to me. Parenting is a very challenging full time job but it’s all worth it at the end of the day. Children will still make mistakes but they will remember what adults have taught them. It’s always encouraging to hear when you talk about your little nephew, Joshua, and getting him involved with food preparation. Well done!

@Pegasuslegend - Thanks very much for your lovely comment. You have always been such a support and an encouragement to me. Really appreciate that.

rebecca  on November 14th, 2009

oh what a sweet post will check out her blog as well

kristy  on November 15th, 2009

Nothing is perfect except food! haha… If you want this and you might not get that. We make a lot of choices along the way and countless sacrifies without asking for anything in return. All we want is to be blessed to stay healthy and happy along the way with our family. I mean I’m not rich and I’m not poor either! So, what else do I ask for more?

Mary  on November 15th, 2009

@Rebecca - Thanks for visiting and for your lovely comment.

@Kristy - Thanks for sharing. Have to agree….life revolves around food and contentment starts from the heart.

Danielle  on November 15th, 2009

I so believe in cooking with and for your children. My sons and I spent a lot of our quality time in the kitchen and now they are both working toward culinary careers but more important are the relationships I have with them. Time very well spent!

Mary  on November 15th, 2009

@Danielle - You really warmed my heart when you mentioned about all those wonderful time that you had with your sons. You are such a wonderful mom. Your sons will forever be so thankful to you for impacting them in a very positive way.

joylicious  on November 16th, 2009

What a wonderful post, I love the way you’ve tied in the power of food with the power of relationships — the world becomes a better place with wonderful mothers like the both of you :)

Mary  on November 16th, 2009

@Joylicious - Thanks for your lovely compliments. Food and love make the world go round….a better place to live in.

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