Let us do a reality check. Our children are surrounded by all sorts of entertainment. Gadgets, television, movies, malls, internet, ipods, fancy toys and so many other things which take them away from the real world. Throughout their school life, the children demand and get things done for them. They are living in some kind of dreamland with golden spoon in their mouths. After that they are suddenly introduced to the world which is new for them.
There are thousands of children on streets who either beg for their next meal or are forced to work when they should be playing while our kids either spill or leave their plates half finished. The latter ones hardly need to stand in queues or travel in public transport or walk. They have the latest models of cars and wish for private aircraft. Trains and buses are so outdated stuff!
We brought up our children with so much protection and luxury that they don't know what does hardship means. However, out there is a selfish and biased world which is unkind to the novice entrants. Survival of the fittest is the rule and means to stay ahead. Everybody is pushed into a never ending race, a neck to neck competition and perpetual struggle of ego and power.
Now consider another aspect. The front page headlines reads that a teenager assaulted by a neighbor. And your young boy is having a look at that piece of news. What would you do? Take away that paper or ignore the question in the eyes of your child that what actually the news mean?
Just one more instance to ponder. One of your close family members is having a life threatening disease. Would you conceal or would you make your child aware about the reality? Do you have the guts to make your child face the reality about life and death? Or maybe you don't want him to feel the pain. Or are you scared of all the questions that he will ask about these sensitive issues of life.
Who is supposed to enlighten the child about these critical and sensitive issues? These are just some of the questions which have been narrated. There are just too many things which need to be explained to the child which as a parent might not have caught our attention. May be we have thought of discussing these subjects with our kids when they grow up.
It is important to prepare your child for the real world and make him wiser. He may be a good artist, player, singer or student. May be he is very intelligent and sensible. Still he needs your experience and wisdom to take the world in his stride.
The writer is not a preacher. These are just a thought process which has come across and shared with all of you. Here each one of you is welcome to come up with your own experience where your child has come up with a certain sensitive issue and the way you handled it.
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