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You can't always expect me to be good | ParentEdge


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You can’t always expect me to be good!

Kids will be naughty!

You can’t always expect me to be good!

These are the profound words I heard from my son as he rushed out of the house for a football game (if he went late, he would have to sit out and wait for the next match!) His father had just asked him a question about school and I was chiding him on not having replied.

Chill, amma – don’t take it so seriously!

Another gem from my son as he heard the usual series of “You need to work hard” “how will you learn if you don’t practise?” and “don’t you want to play well at the show?” – all for not having done his quota of guitar practice for the day.

This is how I like it!

…and this when I told him that he was mixing his curd rice with his sambhar rice, instead of eating them separately as most South Indians do.

And then today, I watched Sir Ken Robinson’s famous TED talk on “Do schools kill creativity?” (If you haven’t then stop reading my post and go watch it!!!!) and I thought to myself…”Am I being too restrictive? Am I enforcing too many so-called rules and norms? Just because I silently accepted all that I was told at school and home without questioning, do I expect my child to do the same?”

Where do we, as parents, draw the line between disciplining/inculcating values and letting go?

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Like most mothers she knows, Ramya juggles between finding something that satisfies her inner self and doing something that satisfies her family! Mother of two children, a boy and a girl, her parenting philosophy is not so much to be a popular, cool parent as to bring them up with values that she holds dear. When not donning her 'amma' hat, she switches between being 'manager of Digital Learning at IIMB', 'payer of bills', 'cook', 'cleaner' and 'reader of PG Wodehouse and Georgette Heyer.'

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