By Juhi Bansal

Thank you for an overwhelming response to my last article. So many of you wrote to me, called me and even told me in person how the article resonated with you. I am touched to say the least! A lot of you have also asked me for solutions- the article ended on a philosophical note but what about practicality? How do we get the little ones ready for the big bad world? Sharing my thoughts on the same. Please bear in mind I am a first time mother and I act largely on instincts since I don’t have a lot of experience. 

  • Teach the child to share everything with you. Encourage them to share every detail of their day with you- know who all they interacted with. 
  • Trust them. Sometimes what they share may not make sense but don’t brush it off as something insignificant.
  • Teach them to be independent whether it’s dressing themselves or taking a bath. Earlier the better. This way you don’t have to depend on someone else or the maids to do it for them in case you are busy.
  • Don’t force them to “give a hug or kiss” to any uncle or aunty. 
  • And most importantly, teach them to be respectful of others space. Teach them about inappropriate touch. Teach them to not be a victim but at the same time not to inflict pain on someone else too. 


Teach them all of the above irrspective of whether you have a boy or a girl and we would have done our bit  in making the world safer and better. 🙂

Last week I was invited to a close friend’s baby shower where the dress code was blue or green Indian wear (preferably saree or lehenga). If you know me you know I don’t have a lot of Indian wear on me and that got me confused for a bit. I however, put together this lehenga outfit using a shirtdress and a long skirt. Let me know how you like it. 

Psst: I had styled the same shirt dress from Crow as a cape before.


Shirtdress worn as a hi-low top: c/o Crow

Skirt: c/o W for Woman

Shoes: from my new stash of Charles & Keith

Silver Dholki Necklace: Amrapali

Pearl multi-finger ring: Exhibition find

Clutch: c/o Papillon Clutches

Pics: Bhavya Rathore

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  • Reply sareequeen February 17, 2017 at 9:34 am

    so innovative Juhi! How do you get these styling ideas!

    • Reply Closet Buddies February 17, 2017 at 10:13 am

      haha..khaali dimaag and all that 😉

  • Reply Payal Shah February 17, 2017 at 9:36 am

    I have been a silent observer of your blog so far Juhi but everything you do is so amazing whether it’s styling, fashion or parenting. You are my role model!

    • Reply Closet Buddies February 17, 2017 at 10:13 am

      thank you so much for your kind words Payal and for finally writing in! Now don’t go missing 🙂

  • Reply Kritika Sharma February 17, 2017 at 9:40 am

    I love what you are wearing Juhi. And those tips- so useful! I have a 2 year old daughter too and I am always so scared of returning to India with her.

    • Reply Closet Buddies February 17, 2017 at 10:12 am

      I totally feel you Kritika. It’s a constant struggle. Hang in there like all of us 🙂

  • Reply Sneha February 17, 2017 at 9:41 am

    pretty pretty. And thanks so much for those tips!

    • Reply Closet Buddies February 17, 2017 at 10:12 am

      aww thank you so much Sneha.

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