Does your child bring all his toys to play with you the moment you switch on TV? Does he increase his volume to get your attention? In case of no response from you, does he use violent means? Yes, your child is an attention seeker. All kids are. And you need a change of perception to understand him well.
Let me clarify – when I say Indian families I refer explicitly to us Indians living in India. Because, for some reason, all Indians (educated and uneducated) behave very responsibly when we are in another country. You will know what I mean as you read on. So what are the 3 important points I want to share?
As a child, I was often asked to sing before the guests who visited our homes. One of the reasons could be that when I was growing up, there weren’t many modes of entertainment. However I was asked to sing and my brother was asked to enact a certain ‘some people’ as he did that really well. Our father sang with us, very often most of the family members joining in a group chorus of sorts. The emphasis was usually on Rabindra Sangeet, Classical music or Bhajans… and while what I sang is not really the point of discussion, Music surely is.
Few days back morning national daily carried a headline about a brave Nanny in Bangalore who saved an 18 month baby from stray dogs putting her own safety behind. In contrast, there has been an incident in Pune where a Nanny was caught on CCTV beating up a 11 months old baby just because he couldn’t stop crying.
Most of us have regrets in life and often wish we could have done things differently; well maybe not all, at least some. Yet, few of us get a chance to do things the second time round and have to live with things the way they are with regret or with resigned acceptance or perhaps just with fortuitous gratitude for the way things eventually turned out.
There’s a lot of talk about getting kids into the habit of reading. Reading not only improves the child’s language skills, imagination and vocabulary, but also helps build their character. Yes, good books have that potential! Often we find that children become good readers, one book at a time.
10 things that I can’t do anymore without a lot of deliberation and planning.
They say your life changes when you are a mom. I did not know how serious people were when they said that till I actually became a mom.
“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