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Anjali Joshi
Anjali Joshi is a teacher turned stay-at-home mom. When she's not busy chasing her rambunctious little boy or experimenting in the kitchen, she is typing away in an effort to capture the simple yet extraordinary joys of motherhood.

In addition to Huffington Post, Anjali writes for a number of other online publications. Her writing has also appeared in the New York Times.

Follow her on Twitter @TheresAnjali.

Entries by Anjali Joshi

What Happened When I Took Mindy Kaling's Advice

(6) Comments | Posted June 1, 2015 | 2:47 AM

I have been reading to my son since the day he was born. I remember he would look up at me, only a few days old, eyes-wide, listening to the words so intently. He has heard stories from me, his father, his grandparents, his loving uncles, and so many more....

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Why the World Needs to See India's Daughter

(4) Comments | Posted March 9, 2015 | 1:28 PM

If the words "India's Daughter" haven't caught your attention yet, chances are you may never catch a glimpse of the documentary that sparked the controversy. Recently, the BBC launched a severe, global ban on the documentary about the 2012 Delhi gang rape in response to the Indian government's...

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What Happened When I Gave Away My Son's Birthday Presents

(2) Comments | Posted January 30, 2015 | 1:59 PM

"I want it to give it away, Mommy."

"What do you mean, love?" I was a little heartbroken by my 2-year-old's response to his Christmas gift. It was a wonderfully shiny, yellow dump truck that he was ecstatic to see under the tree mere minutes ago. The very same...

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I Refuse To Walk Alone

(0) Comments | Posted September 22, 2014 | 2:27 PM

I looked forward to showers. Not for all the reasons you'd think, though. It wasn't because I had few moments to myself -- finally reclaiming the body that had become so foreign to my eyes. It wasn't because I had a few moments away from the baby, who had become...

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Ich habe genug davon, über mein Gewicht zu reden, das ich vor der Schwangerschaft hatte

(0) Comments | Posted August 22, 2014 | 11:20 AM

Ich muss ein Geständnis ablegen.

Es ist 19 Monate her, seit ich entbunden habe, und ich liege immer noch 5 Kilo über meinem „Vor-der-Schwangerschaft"-Gewicht. Wie ich diesen Begriff hasse. Der Begriff wird von neuen Müttern verwendet, als ginge es um eine heilige, magische Zahl - eine, nach der wir alle...

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Why I'm Done Talking About My Pre-Pregnancy Weight

(5) Comments | Posted August 8, 2014 | 10:39 AM

I have a confession to make.

It's been 19 months since I gave birth and I am still a whopping 10 pounds over my "pre-pregnancy weight." How I've come to hate that phrase. It's a term that's thrown around by new moms as if we are discussing some sacred...

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Why Shawn Mendes Is Not Just the Flavor of the Month

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 6:14 PM

In a world drowning in tweets and likes, it's hard to differentiate the talented from the... not-so-much. Times were simpler in the 90s. There were really only two all-American boy bands, and if you were a teen girl, you picked a side. You were an 'Nsync'er or a Backstreet girl....

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Why Women Needed to Hear Nooyi's Disempowering Words

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 6:54 PM

When Indra Nooyi, Pepsico CEO, was asked by David Bradley of The Atlantic whether women can "have it all," she answered the loaded question with admirable frankness. Her response made the story viral, with women around the world finding her words discouraging and disempowering. After all, Nooyi represents...

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Dear Moms, You'll Always Be in the Shadows

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 6:04 PM

Doggies are king in my home these days. "Dada," my son calls them. Whether it's a fussy diaper change or refusal to wear his pants, all it takes is a gentle reminder that a clean diaper and pants are both dog park prerequisites and instantly, I'll see his eyes light...

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What it Means When Your Wife Gives You a Yellow Card

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2014 | 3:41 PM

Sports are the cause of some pretty amazing things. They motivate people. They reduce stress and improve overall health. They boost confidence and self-esteem.

But, sadly, professional sports are also the cause of marital conflicts in living rooms everywhere. Absentee men are to blame.

Sure, our husbands may...

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The 10 Minutes That Make Me a Better Mom

(7) Comments | Posted June 10, 2014 | 12:51 PM

Last month, my son dropped his morning nap. It happened too suddenly (for me) and it took (me) some time to adjust. His afternoon nap time was up in the air -- one day at 11 a.m., the next day at 1 p.m.. One particularly strange day, he didn't go...

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The Parenting Lessons From Dad I Now Use on My Son

(1) Comments | Posted June 4, 2014 | 3:38 PM

In an immigrant family of five, I was raised by two loving parents. I didn't appreciate them as much as I should have when I was growing up; but, 18 months into motherhood, not a single day has passed that I haven't thought of my parents. I have nothing but...

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Why I Use My Louis Vuitton as a Diaper Bag

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2014 | 6:37 PM

I have always been frugal, some might even say thrifty or cheap. I don't like to squander money, and feel a sense of comfort when my credit card balance sparkles green and my bank account balance is a number greater than my age. My favorite places to shop are discount...

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5 Tips for Transparent Parent-Teacher Communication

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2014 | 2:22 PM

Teacher-bashing has become a commonplace and (for some reason) even an acceptable practice among parents of school-going children. Somewhere along the way, parents and teachers went from being on the same team -- respected caregivers and educators of children -- to enemies at war. The degree to which...

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10 Ways You Probably Screwed up on Mother's Day

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2014 | 4:39 PM

Birthdays, anniversaries and these damn Hallmark holidays -- they bring out the worst in every relationship. As a man, you're screwed if you do and you're (more) screwed if you don't. I really want to sympathize with you men; but, then I think of all the emotional turmoil you have...

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This Mother's Day, All I Want To Say Is: I'm Sorry

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2014 | 12:19 PM

Last year, it was my first Mother's Day as a mom. My son was 6 months old at the time, and I was just so incredibly exhausted. I wanted to fall to my mother's feet and say, I get it. I finally understood why Mother's Day wasn't just...

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100 Gründe, warum man keine Kinder bekommen sollte - und einer, warum doch

(4) Comments | Posted May 3, 2014 | 12:49 PM

Ich selbst habe mich in das Abenteuer gestürzt, Mutter zu sein. Ich verstehe aber, wenn jemand keine Kinder will. Tatsächlich verstehe ich das jetzt sogar besser als vorher. Ich verstehe es so gut, dass ich eine Liste mit 100 Gründen geschrieben habe, warum man keine Kinder bekommen sollte.


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100 Reasons Not to Have Kids (That I Discovered After I Had One)

(172) Comments | Posted May 1, 2014 | 12:45 PM

While I, myself, have taken the parenting plunge, I do understand the opposing perspective -- choosing to be childfree. As a matter of fact, I think I understand it better now than I did before. So much so that I've compiled a list of 100 reasons not to have children....

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Dear Cashier

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2014 | 10:58 AM

It will be a quick trip to the grocery store, I think. I've got time before dinner. I'll pick up a few essentials and be on my way. I peek over the top of the stroller and watch the little guy munching contently on a snack. Perfect.

Milk -- check....

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The 5 Rs of Boosting Your Toddler's Vocabulary

(1) Comments | Posted April 24, 2014 | 3:04 PM

The 30 million word gap is getting a lot of media attention these days. It's about time. Earlier this year, the municipality in Providence initiated a program to target the 'word gap' in Rhode Island. The Providence Talks project is modeled after Chicago's Thirty-Million Words Project,...

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