Interview with Kuntal Kundalia
Name : Kuntal Kundalia
Age : 38
Age of your Kids : 8 year old son
No of family Members. : 3
I am quite a reserved person and calm too till I discovered the other side of me, ofcourse after being awarded with motherhood. A travel addict – virtual and otherwise.
Working as a part-timer to balance work time, home time and ‘me’ time.
Absolutely believe in co-sleeping with my child and for as long as he may want to. There are times when he still sleeps with us and then there are times when he needs the space. As for me, I’m happy to be close to him ☺
Yes, they do as soon as they are in elementary school and I think it’s brave. For most kids I think it’s when they have to be on the same train for 20 minutes or less. As for my son, he started to travel independently towards the end of Grade 2. Also because it requires changing trains and is about 35 minutes door to door.
Yes, he usually helps with drying the clothes and putting things in place.
Not always but we try to.
Gifts are occasional. For good behavior and good jobs it’s some added minutes in front of the screen.
I’m not very good at this but I must pack a bento as the school doesn’t have enough vegetarian options. If home cooked, it’s rice and paratha in various forms and sandwich or rice ball if store bought. The planning happens the night before or the very morning.
Going to the parks are usually on weekends or holidays.
A unique mix of the culture and value systems and the way these kids are brought up results in these attributes here. However, I would also like to add that one also sees the not so calm and well behaved versions often too.
Joint families are a thing of the past. Been in Japan for over 15 years but haven’t heard or seen a joint family. There are families who live close but not together.
I usually meet friends during the week and rarely on the weekends. Me time for me is just being with me reading, sleeping or watching tv.
One advise from Japanese Parenting that you would tell the mothers across the globe. ‘Gambare’ which means do your best, keep going.
Compete with yourself, respect what you have, be kind.
I think the answer to the previous question says it.