About

February 25, 2010 · 28 comments

Hello Friends,

Welcome to Mommy Labs and thank you for stopping by this page to know who’s breathing and living behind this blog :-)

My name is Rashmie and the little girl you see on every page of this blog is my 6.5 years old daughter Pari, meaning fairy. Actually her full name is Parinita, which means ‘the learned one’. Well, it’s interesting that THAT should be her name for, my greatest passion in life is to make ‘learning’ fun, passionate, playful and creative for her – and – for me. For ‘me’, I say, because if the mother or the teacher stops learning, she will never be able to nurture learning in its true spirit.

I homeschool my daughter without following any curriculum, text books or instruction. I believe that given a creative, lively, loving environment, learning will flourish in the most natural way. And in the company of adults who nurture the children’s natural sense of wonder, take part in their conversations, support their interests and strengths, creativity and free thinking will bloom.

Above all, in a home where the mother or the parent is doing interesting things out of her own curiosity and interest – her enthusiasm will rub off on the kids. They WILL participate without being asked to. I’ve seen this first hand. You can read more about our homeschooling journey over here.

So, what you will read and see (pictures) on this blog are ideas, activities and thoughts that stem from this passion of mine – to make learning what it should be – inspired by life, by nature, by art, by one’s own curiosity and by living in respect and freedom.

Whether it is art, reading, writing or even Math, we don’t do any of this by instruction. It’s open-ended in nature, which means Pari explores as she’s working on it. The process is what matters rather than the result.

If you’re new here, you can begin by exploring some of these articles, in which I share an activity/idea and the thought behind it:

I recommend that you subscribe to Mommy Labs to get articles as I publish.

You can also connecting with me on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter or Linked in. I share articles from around the web on these places.

Finally, I’d like to tell you that this place, as much as it is about our creative learning journey, it’s equally about YOU. YOU are our most important friend and community on this path. Without you, this blogging journey would be lonely and dull. Your comments, feedback, facebook ‘likes’ and ‘shares’, tweets – keep us going; helps spread the word and the spirit for creative, child-led learning.

In fact, I have a monthly series where I invite all my readers to share (link) something that you have made – art, DIY, gardening, photography, food, photo essay – anything that gave you joy and satisfaction. So, check it out and link up your creation.

Also, I invite you to write to me personally to form a connection, ask a question or just say Hi. :-)

It’s my utmost joy to have you on-board. Welcome to this creative community.

Much love and hugs!

Rashmie

Founder and writer – Mommy Labs
rashmiejaaju [at ] gmail dot com

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If you’re interested in knowing more about me, here are some photos and some background – about my education, passion, dreams etc. :-)

As a child,  I was always engaged in art, DIY, music and gardening (which rubbed off on my through my mom). My younger brother and I were perpetually occupied with creating, painting, quizzing, reading and writing. It’s actually funny (or rather sad) that I went on to graduate with Economics Honours instead of English Literature…! hmm…

But then, after graduation, I pursed my love for writing by taking up Advertising and Journalism. I studied to become a copy writer. Along the way, I also discovered my love for visualizing and photography. I worked for nearly 10 years as a communications professional with multi national companies working in the capacity of corporate communications and brand manager. This is when I also met my hubby – Avie.

When motherhood happened, I decided to quit job and be a full-time mom. When Pari was 3, I started writing – for my blog as well as free lance.

I’m very passionate about art, books, nature, music, photography, poetry and travel. (you can explore the ‘me time’ section).

I dream of owning a piece of land where we can grow our own food. At least vegetables. I wish to live near the mountains – in the middle of nature and be surrounded by bees and birds. We also want to travel around the world and explore different cultures, meet people, and make friends…

That’s happening bit by bit.

And, through this blog, I’m so happy and fortunate that I’m meeting all you wonderful people from all over the world! Amen!

Here’s an article I wrote on Tiny Buddha sharing my life journey and perspective.

{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

Helga July 13, 2011 at 9:42 pm

Dear Rashmie
I like your blog I think it’s wonderful and this is why I’m writing you. I’m wondering if you would like to exchange link with me to get more visitors to our sites?
I hope you will like mine to: http://www.worldofmex.com (see my button in the sidebar)
I can put banners to the sidebar in two sizes:
125×125 or 155×65 (you can check them at my sidebar)

Otherwise if you do post from other blogs I’d love to be featured on your site.
I’m quiet new in blogging so I’d be happy with any work together, just please let me know what you think.

Looking forward to hearing from you!
Many thanks and have a lovely day,
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Helga

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Rashmie Jaaju October 5, 2011 at 5:47 pm

Dear Helga,
I had written a mail to you immediately after I saw this comment from you, but I am not sure you received it because I did not get any reply from you.
I’m not taking guest posts at the moment but whenever I do, I will let you know for sure. You have some amazing ideas on your blog.

I will link back to your posts whenever I write on a related topic.
Have a great day. :)

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Pawan (Pancakes For Recess) September 29, 2011 at 1:19 pm

Hello, Rashmie!

I just came across your blog on Make and Takes. It’s so beautiful and such an inspiration! I am originally from India, also – but living in Vancouver. It makes me proud to see fellow Indians doing such amazing things. Keep up the great work and I look forward to reading more.

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Rashmie Jaaju October 5, 2011 at 5:43 pm

Hello Pawan,
I am sorry about this tardy reply. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing such a touching comment. It’s always amazing to hear from fellow Indians living outside. You saying that this blog made you feel proud as an Indian – totally made my day. What more can I ask for? :) Hugs to you and I look forward to seeing you here more often. You will visit again, won’t you? :)

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m2knp October 11, 2011 at 5:15 pm

Hi Rashmie, I have been following your blog for a few months now and I love your approach to parenting. Do you have an email address where I can write to you? Or please write to mine.
Thank you!

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Shamim Padamsee December 17, 2011 at 12:41 am

I love your idea. Encouraging creativity in kids is opening up the floodgates to future creativity – be it in the field of science, literature, arts and even programming. As we know that all great beginnings came from that little spark – called creativity. 
In my website Young India Books you will find some books that encourage creativity. Power Cut, What Shall I Make, or even the Thumb, Thumb, Thangi Books.  Log onto http://www.youngindiabooks.com to find the books and recommend them to your readers.

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Rashmie Jaaju January 4, 2012 at 9:56 am

@b650b48027c0df734525cec63d4b78d8:disqus I’m so sorry about this late reply. I totally missed this comment from you. Thank you so much for visiting and stopping by to connect and to introduce your books. I visited your site. Need to check out your books at length :)We could collaborate to spread some word about your books. They do sound innovative and interesting. Let me know your thoughts…

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Kiran Khalap January 3, 2012 at 10:12 am

Hi Rashmie, this is Kiran Khalap, visiting your blog after you commented on my post in Campaign. This is a commendable venture and I have bookmarked it for future visits. On the subject of creativity and education, I am sure you have heard of Sir Ken Robinson. If you haven’t, do check out http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/en/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity.html

Stay in touch. Thanks

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Rashmie Jaaju January 4, 2012 at 9:52 am

@22975b47dd9cef3a77479b4a70c8ef3a:disqus How amazing to have you – one of the most creative souls in our country – visit and comment on my blog. :)
On the subject of creativity and education, yes indeed – I’ve heard of Sir Ken Robinson and have read his thoughts. He’s such an inspiration – across the world – for all those who believe in creative learning and think that the schooling system has to change to make space for creative and independent thinkers and doers. 
Kiran, you used to be very passionate about education and infact – were deeply inspired by Jiddu Krishnamurthy; are you still in any way contributing actively for the cause of education in India? Or, do you have any plans in the future? 

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Mukund Chavan January 9, 2012 at 7:39 am

Dear Rashmie,
I was inspired by your initiatives and your way of living life completely. Your thoughts about the learning are very true! I also have a daughter of around 6 years and studying is Sr. KG. I do face lot of problem understanding her learning psychology. I would like to discuss with you more about this. I shall be happy to meet you some time or have a detail chat. I wish you and Pari, a very very happy 2012. I look forward to hear from you. my gtalk id is mukundchavan007.
God bless you..:)

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Shawn March 20, 2012 at 12:20 pm

Congrats on taking risk and showing up for yourself!! Such a great post. Thanks for sharing. I really need to do something that gets me out of my comfort zone as well.
Shawn’s recent fabulous post..Amaze Yourself & Be Fabulously Imperfect

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June April 6, 2012 at 9:22 am

Hi Rashmie:

Your blog is an inspiration! I have just discovered it. I’m a mom to a 5 year old girl and a 3 month old baby. Like you, Creativity is such a big thing for me in terms of my daughter’s learning journey and education. I am very passionate about this as I am an Occupational Therapist here in the United States also. I have recently started blogging as a creative outlet for me. I mainly write about my parenting adventures and my occupational therapy ideas for kids as I specialize in sensory processing, handwriting and fine-motor skills.

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sagarika sadhukhan July 9, 2012 at 9:17 am

Good Morning and Hi! Rashmi! Each of your blogs are just wonderful and informative as well.I’m a professional writer and also a mother of a 6 yrs old kid and is much interested to write for Mommy’s Lab coz I feel sharing knowledge and ideas increases it as well. I am writing for various corporate blogs as well. Wishing to hear from you and congratulations for the work you are doing.

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Rituparna Ghosh August 5, 2012 at 8:41 pm

Dear Rashmie,

You have such a wonderful, wonderful blog. I am going to come to you for more. :)
Rituparna Ghosh’s recent fabulous post..Where is Appa?

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Becky October 13, 2012 at 1:49 am

I am so excited to have discovered your blog!:) My name is Becky, and I write for KidWorldCitizen. We are doing a project right now called “Cinderella Around the World.” If you have a review of any Cinderella Story, please email me the link so I can add you to the project!!!! :) I can’t wait to explore more around your site- we have very similar interests.
Becky’s recent fabulous post..Cinderella Story: Around the World

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Hannah Roberts November 5, 2012 at 9:44 pm

Hi Raashmie

I have been following your page on fb for quite some time, and found a few of your projects on pinterest too. my little boy is 2 and I am on the road to what I hope will be a home ed./unschooled future with him. Like you, I also wish to travel, and see the world through our own experiences so that they may be cement in who we are. I am currently studying to be a childminder in the uk and hope to do a tefl course as well. I’d also love to have my own land one day, and use it for unschooling, farming and living a creative life.

Your blog is so lovely, and so vey inspiring.
I had just started my blog, but shut it down after a month. its a step im not quite ready for. i think i will find it useful when i am homeschooling as a link to like-minded families and inspiring and motivating ideas and people.

Yours is a blog i will definitely re-visit often.
thank you for sharing your journey

Love and Blessings x

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abhinay baraily January 25, 2013 at 3:17 pm

Hi! Rashmie,
I am from Darjeeling and a social worker. It is really a good initiative by you. I always look for out of the box works going around. I read your blog it is really inspiring. I am also interested in giving children non-formal learning and i believe learning through experience is the best one. Here also I am trying to initiate likewise concept and I hope linkage with you will help me a lot.
thank you for your share
take care

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Rashmie January 26, 2013 at 10:06 am

Glad to ‘meet’ you, Abhinay, and to know that you’re in support of non-institutionalized learning.
Let’s be in touch over here.

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Sangeeta Bastodkar March 25, 2013 at 4:45 pm

Hi Rashmie,

You have been an angel your self for making home schooling so easy. Thanks to your daughter Pari.

It seems to be very easy for me now and don’t feel alone as a Parent to help my Son Parth who is 14yrs old.

I was impressed with your shared ideas on learning..

Hats of to you. TC!!

Thanks and Regards
Sangeeta

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Sallie McGrath April 6, 2013 at 7:40 am

Dear Rashmie, I’ve never left a post on a blog! I saw Pari playing in the mud and thought “my daughter would love her”. Your ideas are glorious! I wish I had the courage to follow the same path, but I think my daughter (6.5) and I might kill each other, both being very strong-willed. Anyway, thanks for blazing the trail. Maybe someday I will be brave enough to follow.

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Naomi April 30, 2013 at 12:14 am

Hi Rashmie, I am quite interested in your blog and I agree that to combine art with play is a great idea. Art is not only just about beautiful but also about science and our view of the world, it combines countless things together and create a new thing and gives us new experience and new thinking. That’s the art of Art. I am quite into your creative teaching, but mostly it’s about drawing, do you have something about music teaching? What kind of teaching can help children think creatively when learning music?

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Claire August 8, 2013 at 11:16 pm

I found your blog entirely by accident via Pinterest. I just wanted to leave a message to say that it is so rare for me to find a blog that I resonate with and that I am looking forward to browsing through your posts.
Claire’s recent fabulous post..Making Raggy the Rag Doll

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Heena September 19, 2013 at 7:45 pm

Hi Rashmie,

I am a mom of two daughters aged 7 and 5. Both are currently enrolled in school, however, I feel more and more drawn towards unschooling. I have to admit I haven’t read much about homeschooling and unschooling but the conventional education system just seems so unnatural and artificial to me. I want to unschool my kids but I don’t have the guts. How will things pan out in the long run for my kids, what will the in laws say, etc are all thoughts that are frightening the daylights out of me. Any words of wisdom you can share would be appreciated.

Regards,
Heena

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Shireen November 18, 2013 at 12:17 pm

Hi Rashmie! This is my first visit to your blog and I stumbled upon it through Twitter. M glad I found it cuz i’ve literally spent the last one hour reading about your unique parenting style. I know someone who had an Autistic child and was hoping to see if home-schooling or un-schooling works better for these kids..would be glad if you could answer this question

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Megha December 6, 2013 at 3:49 pm

Rashmi,

This is wonderful space you have here. Thankyou for building and keeping it alive.

I totally “get” the benefits and arguments in favor of homeschooling. I have one selfish concern – I am mother of a 1 yr old and find that I don’t want to be 24 x 7 with him – I want fair amount of time to do my stuff like write, volunteer, practise yoga. How is that compatible with a unschooling?

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Sachindra April 4, 2014 at 11:13 am

hi Rashmie, its a beautiful blog….and the best part is the content that makes the reader remain connected…a really adorable initiative…the least i can do is to subscribe and add the site to my most-often-read list….thanks for this site…..

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M.Siva Rama Prasad July 9, 2014 at 11:26 pm

dear Rashmi,

I have no words to say. fantastic work.

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