The prompt for today was, “Giving Freedom to kids”
Once upon a time childhood was synonymous with Freedom. The freedom to lounge around the house on a holiday. The freedom to curl up with a book if you so wished it. The freedom to throw off your uniform and school bag and rush off to play the minute you came home from school. The freedom to play in the mud and get sweaty and dirty. The freedom to yell and laugh with your friends.
But that was way back, long before the age of trophy kids.
Today a kid is supposed to be a perfect robot. Obedient, no questions asked. And woe betides you if you don’t do well in academics. It doesn’t matter if you can paint like Picasso; you need to get into a medical college, because that is where the moolah is.
Holidays? What holiday? Camps and other activities come to the help of parents who have to work and can’t keep the child alone at home. God know what he will get up to!
Eeks! How did you get so dirty? Did anyone see you like this? What will the neighbours say? They will all think that I am a bad mom! How could you do this to me? It doesn’t matter that you are just four. You have a rep to protect.
See that clock there? Every tick and every tock has to mean something. You can’t just doodle or daydream you know. There are lessons to be done, projects to be finished, and then you have to go for your cricket/badminton/football coaching.
What? You’d rather play badminton with your friends? How do you expect to be selected for the national then? Oh God! This child just doesn’t understand all the sacrifices I make for him.
No! I mean it! You cannot go out and get wet in the rain. Just sit at home quietly and study.
What do you mean that this house is a jail and you have no freedom?
This blog post is a part of #LetsDiscussFreedom Blogathon. I would like to thank Charu from https://themomsagas.com/ for introducing me.
I would now like to introduce Cheni Adukia from http://cheniadukia.wordpress.com/ and recommend you to read her views on the prompt, ‘Your take on giving freedom to kids”.