I am standing in the queue studiously analyzing son’s school report. After the summary for each subject, it is a long story on how intelligent or not he is, how his handwriting has scope for improvement, how he can be a little more outgoing in one class and temper it down in another.
Empty Nest Syndrome (ENS) is differently defined either as a feeling of grief and loneliness that parents or guardians may feel when their children leave home for the first time, such as to live on their own or to attend a college / university OR a feeling of loneliness or depression that occurs among parents after children grow up and leave home.
When Macadamia and Pecan were little, come Christmas, Santa Claus and the magic of Santa used to be a festival in itself. The excitement, the anticipation of the very idea of Santa Claus paying them a visit, was a treat to watch. However, as they grew, that aura around Santa was visibly fading, it was increasingly being replaced by raised eyebrows and a “seriously ??” that was tinted with skepticism.
There has always been an incessant debate on the topic ‘Television viewing by kids’. There are parents who believe kids learn from visual media and it is not good to impose restriction on them and there is another set of parents who are strictly against TV.
People following my posts on Parentous are going to think I am obsessed with S’s sleep after reading this. After all, my last post was also about sleep, or the lack of it. What I am going to talk about today also revolves around the same theme, the only difference being, the focus is now shifted to mornings.
How will my child cope with his/her new school? Would they be able to eat on their own when I’m not around? Should I cancel my outstation meeting, because how can I leave my baby alone with my husband??? Will they be alright without me? These are just a few queries posted on our ‘New Mom’s Group’ on a social networking site on a daily basis.
TOI, Dec 1 carried a headline “Parents taking tots for IQ tests to give head start in the rat race”
The news piece went on to describe/ subtly promote DMIT (Dermatoglyphics Multiple Intelligence Test).
Are you enticed enough?
Then you MUST read more…
Being a person who chooses to relate deeply instead of superficially, I have always been able to count my friends on my fingers. And I never found the numbers insufficient –a case of quality over quantity.
My little grandson has just reached that very interesting phase when he is growing out of infancy and actually becoming his own little person. He has long since graduated from being a passive “player” whose hands clapped when we clapped them and whose legs cycled when we made them cycle, to doing his own thing at his own will.