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Working on School Projects

Back to School

My daughter, predictably, demands that her project should be the best in class (she is well on her way to being a competitive Tam Brahm!). And so it is that I find myself moaning and groaning over art paper and craft scissors, and racking my brains to do something that is simple, yet looks like it took an incredible amount of effort. Last week we were informed that the kids were to have a fancy-dress competition in school, based on storybook characters. I was happy – yes! – I already had a pair of fairy wings and a wand, so she could go as the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella. But my daughter had other plans – after all, why should she make it easy for her mom? She wanted to go as the third little pig, the ‘clever’ one who builds his house of bricks, not the ‘bhondu’ pigs.

Well besides teaching her to say ‘oink, oink’ and wriggle her nose, I really did not know how to conjure up a costume out of thin air. So I did what I do best – Google – and found a costume shop close to my house which supplied the needful on hire at a reasonable cost. Then I had to face the remarks of some moms – ‘you’re hiring your costume?”, “you are supposed to make it at home, na?”.

I did feel guilty for some time but only till I found out that other moms who were not hiring ready-made costumes from shops, were getting them custom-made by tailors! Phew! And I must mention that I have already had a couple of frantic calls this week  – moms asking for the number and address of the costume shop! So I don’t feel too guilty anymore! But really, I thought that once I was an adult, I could save my creativity for my job and for keeping my daughter entertained at home.

It seems now that I will have to find the time and the creative resources to work on school projects all over again. And this time around, there is so much more at stake – it’s not just about my grades anymore, but about the look of disappointment in my child’s eyes at realising that her mom is not SuperMom after all! Ok, enough of the ranting – I’d better get back to her next project – the letter ‘I’.

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Kritika Srinivasan is an Editor at ParentEdge. She has her hands full with an active young child and her writing. She is keenly interested in ways to engage and stimulate children to keep their lively and intelligent minds busy.

3 thoughts on “Working on School Projects

  1. vanita nagpal

    You are exactly right…..and it is really a tough job. But can you please see the positive approach too, as you are polishing yourself and your skills which you have never done till yet. There are many things in life which we do when we are not supposed to do. You should sit with your daughter and rack your brains along with her ideas to help her out. And please don’t bother what the world(the other parents) are speaking to you….You should be confident in whatever you do.
    You have truly written an article on a topic which each mother is facing today. GREAT WORK.

  2. Aparajita Bose

    Kindergarten days are fun for the child! Toiling and thinking and worrying and competetion time (from other mothers) for the mothers, but! To think of committing to such ‘projects’! What we didn’t do as children but extracted from our mothers (of course, far less frequently and was there any talk about creativity then? Who thought about it!?), we have to pay back with interest (much higher rates that we would like to!). Happy creativity time, Kritika!

  3. Gayatri

    Yes, it certainly does seem as if you are going back to school along with your kid, doesn’t it? And although the idea behind making the costume at home is to engender creativity in the child, and possibly allow for some parent-child bonding, unless the judges actively encourage a creatively made costume with recycled materials instead of rewarding a store-bought or hired one, such competitions revert to becoming just another chore for the parent.

    And I loved your daughter’s refusal to be a ‘bhondu’ pig – that’s just what my daughter would have said too!

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