Anupriya Kapur is an interesting individual and we at Mums and stories have been glad to feature her for our space. Another fitness lover mum featured at an apt time of Olympic fever in the country. She also has her perspective on raising children which makes it interesting to emulate in life.
Anupriya writes for her personal blog ‘Mom on the run’ and is a mum, baker, runner –marathoner and a blogger. According to her, she loves meeting adventurous people as well but mostly happy within her comfort zone.
“I come from a defense background with two elder brothers. Even though I have had a very rough childhood due to certain circumstances, my father taught me to think independently and be my own person
I took up running a six years back when my son was quite young and that time I was not really keeping well and had completely lost myself in motherhood. Running helped me get my confidence and sense of worthiness back. When I started my blog 2 years back to help others do the same, I couldn’t think of a more apt name. As moms we are always on the run, aren’t we?
I have a son who’s going to turn 9 soon. I don’t want to impose anything on my son. The only thing I aim at instilling in him is fearlessness. You can take on anything in this world if you are fearless (which took me over 30 years to realize!). And he did his first scuba diving this year, so I guess it sense of adventure automatically stems from there.
I love to bake, cook, run, read, do obstacle races, participate in car rallies (the simpler ones please!) and I truly believe that everyone needs including men need to pursue a hobby or a passion. How does one evolve otherwise?
I saw myself at a point of time as a helicopter mum and saw what my son was actually made of when I let him be. You can’t see the uniqueness in them till the time you are controlling them. And letting them be doesn’t mean that they can throw tantrums, it means teaching them the right set of values and at the same time letting them make their own decisions and falter.”
Recently Anu allowed her son who is under ten years old to let him travel alone on an international flight. Talking about it she says, “ It was a tough call to let him travel to Philippines on his own in a connecting flight to spend some time with his father. As moms, we cling on to our children, we make them the reason for our being and that’s not fair. My favorite poem is Children by Khalil Gibran and I would like to quote it, “Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. They come through you but not from you. And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.
As a mom, I feel the need to be able to let my son become independent as long as he’s safe and that’s what matters. His experiences are what’s going to make him and I don’t want to hold him back. As far as a border is concerned, yes there is. I believe in never forcing a child. You have to take the decisions depending on their readiness levels and that totally depends from child to another.
I would love to see my son blossom in to an individual with a beautiful and independent mind of his own.”