“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.
You may house their bodies, but not souls.
You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you.”
– Khalil Gibran
Well, being a single child I carried a bag with mixed feelings. My thoughts wavered every time right from my childhood till now, keeping me in the dubious state.
Pets help to de-stress us from the regular rambles of daily lives, be loved like no other, spread happiness and also be a rewarding pastime. I also understand that pets are family, some living with us from the day they were born till their last days on this earth. Yet, it is important to understand that there is a decorum that needs to be maintained whilst handling them, especially if the pets are accompanied by children at home.
Mother of a 9 yr 10 mth girl walked in, panic writ on her face; “Doctor saab” she stuttered in Marathi “Shivani started her periods just now and she is crying bitterly; she is very scared. What to do?” I made her relax and asked, “did you not prepare her for this?” “No” she said “we had thought when she is 10, we will take her to a doctor for explaining.”
Where are you going?
What are you doing?
Are you going alone?
When will you come home?
I don’t think there is anyone in this world who has not heard this from the parents – You don’t listen to us. You have bad manners, you have no etiquettes etc. Also, somehow, others’ children are always better behaved and well-mannered than ours.
Some time ago, I was with my kids at the park and was discussing with a fellow mother about her daughter’s birthday party. I was generally asking her what she’d prefer as a gift for her six year old daughter’s birthday.