The arrival of a newborn is one of the greatest joys for any couple. It is certainly a roller coaster ride but every couple looks forward to this new phase called parenthood.
Traditionally, the mother was considered the only caregiver to the baby. With the concept of equal parenting coming to play, couples are ensuring that they stick together and work as a team in bringing up their child. Paternity leave, which was not a popular concept in the country years ago is now gaining momentum with celebrities taking time off work. With time, couples are beginning to realise how the role of the dad too is as crucial in the growth of the baby. Well, parenting works best with both the mother and father sharing the load.
One celebrity couple who believes it takes 2 to raise a child is Mahhi Vij and Jay Bhanushali. The two recently partnered with Pampers to encourage new moms and dads to pledge for equal parenting. Mahhi Vij and Jay Bhanushali have been setting goals for newbie parents with their parenting game. The two are parents to three adorable kids - Tara, Khushi, and Rajveer.
We had an exclusive conversation with Jay Bhanushali and Mahhi Vij and asked them their secret to being equal parents. How do the two balance and work as equal co-parents? Read on to know their story.
On Being Equal Parents
When we asked how Mahhi Vij how she aces the role of a working mother. She said, "I wouldn’t have been able to do it all by myself, thanks to Jay for being a lovely partner in the journey to parent our kids. With equal involvement from Jay, it not only helps raise emotionally healthy kids but also makes the parenting journey beautiful. Pampers’ latest film, #ITTakes2 truly echoes the true essence of a beautiful parenting journey and I am glad I have partnered with them to encourage new moms and dads to pledge for equal parenting. My tip for all parents would be working towards raising your child as a team as it goes a long way in your child’s life."
Jay Bhanushali, too, feels that bringing up a child is a dual role. #ItTakes2 is Pampers India's first step to change the expectations around the role of fathers in a baby's life. It is a father's promise and pledges to be a co-parent. Talking about the campaign, he said, "I am very happy to be with the campaign #ItTakes2. It is a great initiative by Pampers reminding all parents that #ItTakes2 for a child to be healthy and happy. It is the dual role of both the mother and father to equally contribute to the baby’s well-being. Watching the Pampers film- A father’s promise reminds me of the first promise I made as a dad, that I would do everything I could to keep my kids safe, loved and happy."
On Sharing The Load
Parenthood is not only about taking care of the new born but also sharing the load of other responsibilities including household work, breadwinning among others. With 3 kids around, you can imagine what the everyday routine can be like. During our conversation, Mahhi Vij shared how they manage the household chores while taking out time for their professional work as well. She said, "It is important to maintain a routine when you have kids around, but it’s also important to maintain a healthy day-to-day lifestyle. Mornings and evenings are family time where all of us partner to complete household chores. Jay has been reassuring with all the work that we have and takes part equally playing a more nurturing role in parenting. Afternoon we are a bit occupied with work and that’s when we get time to focus on our professional life."
On Embracing Motherhood Late
For the initiated, Mahhi Vij and Jay Bhanushali embraced parenthood after 9 years of their marriage and when they broke the news, they were flooded with questions around late pregnancy. We asked Mahhi Vij if she has any advice for women who wish to embrace the phase late in life. She said, "It’s a personal choice but go for it when you feel you are ready and you would like to go through the experience. Make sure you eat healthy and practice a healthier way of living, this will help you give strength for raising healthy, happy kids."
On Encouraging Their Kids To Make Their Own Way
Jay Bhanushali and Mahhi Vij don't want their kids to follow their footsteps but follow their own hearts. Jay Bhanushali said, "I want my little ones to follow their heart no matter which path they choose. At the end of the day, I will always be a proud dad standing by to see them shine and give their best to the world. To start with, Mahhi and I have always encouraged our little ones to do hobbies they love whether it's dance or art or music, it's our responsibility to nurture their ability to dream big and we will support their choices."