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This is the 100th post for the year, 2014. Isn’t that something? 

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To celebrate, I am announcing a few changes to the blog, starting this June.With the winds of evolution come the feelings of hope, positive thinking and moving forward.


It has been almost 7 years since I set foot in the blogging world. Of those, only the last year has been the most productive, in terms of posts, networking and reading more blogs. When I began this blog, it was to be just a diary, an outpouring of thoughts about parenting.

Today, it is a melting pot of ideas, reviews, school-related posts, fun ideas for kids and positive parenting techniques. Along the way, the Creative Muse beckoned and I willingly followed. At first , I wrote a few fiction pieces infrequently. Then, it became regular. I realised that the focus of the blog was shifting slowly away from core parenting ideas and more towards the telling of tales.

Change # 1: A new Blog


Keeping this in mind, I started another blog, exclusively for Fiction and Writing ideas. You can read my poems, drabble, short stories and more on my all-new WordPress blog, The Moving Quill.

The Fiction pieces I wrote on this blog will stay here. So do check those out too, if you feel inclined.



Change # 2: Regular Features

Then, I sat down and drafted my ideas for my Parenting blog and am happy to say that there will be some regular features that you can expect here, each month. Occasionally, the featured post may appear on my other blog, if the theme does not fit in with Parenting.

In an effort to streamline the content on this blog, as well as doing something in a structured manner, I came up with a Calendar of Posts. This makes writing much easier. It also helps me plan certain posts well in advance!

Feature # 1-Guest Bloggers

Every month, on the first and third Tuesdays, I will be hosting a Guest Blogger here. She/He will share their thoughts on a topic of her/his choice. These are bloggers I have come to know over a period of time and I simply love the work that they do. They will share their ideas on Parenting and other related subjects.

Fiction bloggers will be featured on my WordPress site. 


Feature # 2- Thoughtful Thursdays

 Thursdays will focus on thoughtful Parenting techniques. These will touch upon topics such as , ‘ Yelling less- a tip-sheet’, ‘How to speak to your child during a tantrum’ and ‘Teaching your child about chores’.

Feature # 3- Friday Reviews

An idea that I have been working on for a while now is the inclusion of reviews on this blog. The reviews will be of books and films suitable for children. Readers are welcome to suggest titles for reviews. This shall also include books which relate to Parenting.

Feature # 4- Expert Speak

Once a month, there will be an interview with an expert in the field of Parenting/ Education/ Child Psychology. This is our way of gaining insight into the challenges faced by children and parents alike. Hopefully, this will address those concerns effectively. The topic for each month will be announced by the end of the previous month. Readers are welcome to send in their queries to me by e-mail. I will pick the questions to be posed to the Expert and present the interaction on the blog, in the following month.

{The topic for the month of June is: How do we handle a child’s Temper Tantrums?}
Send in your questions to: dotingmomdiary@gmail.com



That’s the plan. Is there anything else you would like me to feature? Do let me know.

Are you looking forward to June? I certainly am! 

Stop by and read the posts that you love.

Looking forward to a wonderful journey


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Vinodini Iyer · May 29, 2014 at 2:07 am

Congratulations on your 100th post this year! Great job on streamlining the blog Shailaja. I think its a swell idea to have a separate blog on your creative writing since you're targeting a different set of readers there.
I have a teenage son who has come to the 10 grade this year. Was wondering if you wrote about parenting for that particular age group.

Rajlakshmi · May 29, 2014 at 2:35 am

congrats on the 100th post this year. Coincidently I too have started working on some regular features for each month 🙂 I loved your ideas, i am sure many would find your posts on parenting beneficial 🙂

Vidya Sury · May 29, 2014 at 3:24 am

Sounds like a great plan, Shailaja! May you bloom and grow! 🙂

Red Handed · May 29, 2014 at 4:51 am

congratulations!!!! 100th post is a big deal!!! And grand changes and plans !! LOVELY!!!!

nibhz · May 29, 2014 at 7:00 am

congratulations on the success and the new blog!! 7 years!! My God!! That's something very great!! 🙂

Psych Babbler · May 29, 2014 at 8:13 am

Amazing features Shailaja! And congrats on the 100! Looking forward to the next chapter… 🙂

Sreeja Praveen · May 29, 2014 at 8:18 am

Wow ! Any time is good time for a change 🙂 All the best with the new features and the new blog 🙂 Looking forward to more lessons from you 🙂

Sreeja Praveen

Kokila Gupta · May 29, 2014 at 8:37 am

Congrats for the 100th post… Its really nice to know about your new blog..Wow a big challenge to manage two blogs 1 … All the best . 🙂 and yes I am going to the moving quill 🙂

vishalbheeroo · May 29, 2014 at 9:16 am

Hey congrats for 100 posts written..You've reached places and always a pleasure to read u. Great going:)

Midnight scribbles · May 29, 2014 at 10:14 am

Whoa congratulations. Love these plans, look forward to them!

taleoftwotomatoes · May 29, 2014 at 2:51 pm

Congratulations and good luck with your eerie new blog 🙂 🙂 Love your writes and lovely to see the new features. Looking forward.. 🙂

Carol Graham · May 29, 2014 at 10:34 pm

I'm excited for you but for all of us as well. Sounds like we can all get involved. Count me in! You are doing a great job on all fronts

Ananya Tales · May 29, 2014 at 11:21 pm

WOW…100 posts thats awesome !

Beloo Mehra · June 1, 2014 at 1:04 pm

Congratulations, Shailaja! The new structured plan for this blog sounds great. Good luck with everything 🙂

proactiveindian.com · June 13, 2014 at 12:35 pm

That's an interesting restructuring plan!
Congrats on your 100th post in 2014!

tulika singh · June 15, 2014 at 1:56 am

Congratulations on your 100th. Glad I hunted out this post. I'm so looking forward to it all.

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