Q. The period of birth of the first child and being in school were at the same time.
How did you manage your time?
I was supported by my husband.
I am very appreciative and grateful to my cooperative husband.
Q. When was the most difficult time so far?
While raising children, it was hard to stay motivated about running my dance lessons, house work and taking care of kids.
Before the recitals, I had my parents and my husband's parents come to our house alternatively in the U.S. and stay for about a month.
They helped me a lot with many things.
I needed to teach students three hours of performance, 35 to 40 types of dance all by myself, so I had to think about how to spend time.
My husband also took care of the children as much as possible when he had no meetings or was able to take off from work.
My friends who live nearby also sometimes took care of my children.
Q. How do you share housework with your husband?
Honestly speaking, I have never discussed with him about sharing of household chores.
If the tasks one of us is working on have not been completed, the other makes them so.
There were times when it was difficult to make dinner when I was taking an afternoon class at the college or out for a performance.
At that time, my husband would take care.
Q. What is important about parenting?
We value our family time and the time to experience the culture of our home country very much.
My children are American citizens born in the United States but I want them to be in touch with the Indian culture.
When they come back to India, I do not want them to feel strangers.
They play Indian instruments and also read the history tales of India.
Also, I try to return to India once a year, and I teach my mother tongue kannada to my children so that they can communicate with Indians.
As they grow up, it will be difficult to keep them interested in two cultures, but we are encouraging the children to be interested.
I think this is our role.
Q.I heard that some foreigners living in the US do not teach children their native language and culture.
I think that it is wonderful for kids to be interested in Indian culture with dance as a trigger.
In addition to them, what kind of things do you emphasize and teach to your children?
Show respect for people.
Accept things that have occured and take actions accordingly.
If they have something that they can't understand, they should discuss and try to solve them.
I prioritize these three things.
For example,Public schools in India have uniforms, but American public schools do not have uniforms.
It is sometimes hard to choose their clothes.
When children ask us to buy some clothes, we talk to each other properly to determine whether it is really necessary or not.
I do not want to buy whatever they want, so I always try to discuss it with them.
I don' t want to force them to accept my opinion.
Both the children and we may be wrong.
Through discussion, I want to bond with my children.
I want them to feel we can talk about anything, anytime.
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