‘Toddler Talk’ is a lighthearted weekly column I wrote for The Hindu MetroPlus (May 2014 to July 2015) on the challenges of bringing up this generation of tech-savvy, high-maintenance toddlers.

Want to get in touch with me for some one-on-one toddler talk? Drop me a line at 🙂

Farewell to ‘Toddler Talk’ – July 7, 2015

Toy Story – June 30, 2015

The Father’s Day advantage – June 23, 2015

You can’t count on me – June 16, 2015

The chatterbox – June 9, 2015

Ten things you can learn from your toddler – June 2, 2015

Shopping and other horror stories – May 26, 2015

The world is their canvas – May 19, 2015

What a mom wants – May 12, 2015

My little shadow – May 5, 2015

I’m the parent of a pint-sized drama queen – April 28, 2015

The nagging cycle – April 21, 2015

The things children say – April 14, 2015

When little ones ‘help’… – April 7, 2015

Why I’m not the best-dressed mom in town – March 31, 2015

To baby, with love – March 24, 2015

Mirror, mirror on the wall… – March 17, 2015

Job Description: Mom – March 10, 2015

No more complaining – March 3, 2015

When mom is sick – February 17, 2015

A space of my own – February 10, 2015

All by myself – February 3, 2015

Addicted to You(tube) – January 26, 2015

Those three little words – January 12, 2015

Toddler noise cancellation headphones – January 6, 2015

New Year, new us – December 30, 2014

It isn’t easy being me – December 23, 2014

Mess Management, Toddler-Style – December 16, 2014

Those Q and A sessions – December 9, 2014

Requiem for a Nap – December 2, 2014

The Recovery Daze – November 25, 2014

The Over-Anxious Parent Paradigm – November 11, 2014

Tears for Fears – October 28, 2014

The Junk-Meisters – October 21, 2014

The Crying Game – October 14, 2014

Festival Season Blues – October 7, 2014

Who’s the Star on Skype? – September 30, 2014

M.O.M.: Masters of Multitasking – September 23, 2014

Confusion Central – September 16, 2014

The ‘Parents of Fussy Eaters’ Support Group – September 10, 2014

The Parrot Paradox – September 2, 2014

Nursery Rhyme Nightmares – August 26, 2014

Telephones and Timbuktu – August 20,  2014

Confessions of a couch-potato mom – August 12, 2014

War and Peace – August 6, 2014

Dining out and other disasters – July 29, 2014

Cousins are cool – July 22, 2014

That self-regenerating mess – July 15, 2014

A test of parenthood – July 8, 2014

Scribbler on the loose – July 1, 2014

Those tiresome everyday nos – June 24, 2014

The co-sleeping conundrum – June 17, 2014

No more Dr. Google – June 10, 2014

When your child is sick… – June 3, 2014

Preschool admissions and parents’ dilemma — May 27, 2014

All-in-one entertainment systems – May 20, 2014

How Barney became the bane of my existence — May 13, 2014


16 responses to “Column

  1. hi divya,

    nice series and really enjoying read it. its like your reading my mind and writing it. guess there will be more mom @ home / working moms who will join the club

  2. Dr. Nandhini Navnith

    Hey Divya,

    I am so happy I found your blog. Its like you are talking about my personal experiences here with a splash of humor! (Mine are mostly the ranting and raving kind). I actually LOL’ed so often that my son gave me a weird look from his high throne. Thanks for bringing the laughter to motherhood. Looking forward to more interesting reading!
    -Stay at home Mom

    • Hahaha thanks so much Nandhini! Glad to have brought some laughs to your day (my apologies to your son 😉 ). Keep reading and also ranting and raving… that’s the only way to keep one’s sanity! 🙂 🙂

  3. Suganya

    Hi There’s a Jim Carrey movie in which he will be watched thru satellite by everyone which he will not be aware of (forgot the movie name), your columns are just like that It’s like reading my own issue for that week unlike the movie I don’t want this to end .keep writing .good luck

    • Hahaha The Truman Show! Love the analogy, Suganya! 🙂 Thanks so much… it’s feedback like yours that keeps me writing 🙂 Gotta share the toddler raising joys and blues! Keep reading and commenting 🙂

  4. divya

    Hi there, I have been reading your toddler talk that gets published on ‘the Hindu’. I have a 7 month old baby girl and have been experiencing all things that you keep mentioning. It just brings me a smile every time I read your article. My daughter keeps me on my toes everyday and it’s exhausting some days but its all new experience and am loving it. Your articles just seem to replicate my emotions. Great job…looking forward for more

    • Thanks Divya! I’m glad you’ve been enjoying the column 🙂 Strap yourself in and enjoy the ride with your daughter… it’s going to be a fun (but exhausting!) few toddler years ahead! 🙂

  5. Venkatraman

    Really great articles, I actually wait for this every Tuesday in The Hindu. My Kid is just born and I have to say I have started feeling the Toddlers Way 🙂

    • Thanks so much! I’m so glad you’re enjoying reading the column. Congratulations on becoming a dad! You have a lot of fun adventures coming your way 🙂

  6. I am 21 and have no idea about raising a child. But every tuesday morning I cant wait to get hold of the newspaper. Great column. Too funny and engaging. Im sure your daughter would have the most interesting account of her childhood. 🙂

    • Thanks so much Sushma! Sorry for the late response. I’m glad you enjoy the column. I’m certain you’re going to make a great mom some day! 🙂 Take care, and thanks for writing in.

  7. Vidhu

    Dear Mam, i generally don’t read the supplementary magazines of newspapers as they bore me but i eagerly wait for Tuesdays when i could read Toddler’s Talk. I must say i am a big fan of your writing. I am 25 and no where in the near future am I going to experience the tantrums of kids yet I religiously follow your articles. They are so funny , filled with innocence that one cannot help but love them. Its sad that you are bidding farewell to the column. But still Thank you mam for giving me such fun-filled and entertaining columns for the past 1 year 🙂

    • Thanks for your lovely words Vidhu! I’m so glad you enjoyed the column. Thank you for reading every week… I truly enjoyed sharing all my experiences of the past year with readers like you! You’ll experience your share toddler tantrums in the future… and perhaps you’ll look back on ‘Toddler Talk’ and nod knowingly then! 🙂

  8. Sai s Lakshmi

    Dear divya,
    I have noticed your columns as a stay at home mom….In 2014 …Back when I was fresh out of college..Back to the comforts of my cosy home in Chennai(did college at Coimbatore) I was in a good job…And found your articles quite refreshing and reminded me of my niece. So I looked forward to your articles every week.
    Flashback done and coming to 2017/18.
    I am now a stay at with my daughter ..14 months old. I often am reminded of the laughs I had while reading your articles way back in 2014….

    And I found time today when my baby girl is asleep…Finally! Some peace to my mind 😊 I’ve re read couple of your articles…And I have enjoyed them more 😊😊

    More than that, I’m happy to have discoveres you again …Thanks to Google.

    I have got a bit energised by your articles…For today. I have a long day to go…All by.myself…Waiting for round 2 .After she wakes up…!

    Gotta finish lunch and maybe pee before she is up..😂😂

    • Hi Sai Lakshmi! Thank you for your comment… It made me so glad that you remembered Toddler Talk and came back to it after all this time! Haha I remember those days… The toddler years are both the toughest and most rewarding years, I think 😊😊. My daughter is now six years old, and I find myself sad some days that she’s growing up, and at others, am happy to have more time to myself! Happy reading, and give your little girl a hug from me ❤

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