We have often heard about kids of this generation being extra smart, gadget friendly, pampered, et al – in short, not the way we grew up. I have often, criticised them myself for watching too much TV, having too many expectations, always wanting more, and what not.
Today, I will pause and look at the mirror. If I can scold my children for not being the goody-two-shoes, obedient child I used to be, then shouldn’t I be dealt the same hand for not being the mother my amma was 30 years back? Here is a brief comparison:
|Drives an AC car||Waited for the bus or walked|
|Buys Tropicana||Made fresh mango and orange juices|
|Has 2 servants for household work and dusting||Had an irregular maid|
|Has ironing delivered to the door||Ironed everything herself|
|Used google to research for school projects||Had to search an ordinary library for material|
|Expects family to co-operate with office commitments||Had to balance office and work without any assistance|
If I were to open this list out to all of you, I’m sure I would be flooded with contributions. Well, my point is that times have changed – and changed drastically at that. While we have many more luxuries to help us, so do our children. We have to accept this truth and bring up our kids not in the same way we were brought up, but to be the best possible in this time and age.
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