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I am scared of this society, I am scared for my baby. With the spate of crimes against children and even infants, how do I keep my child safe?
A few years back I was totally against having a kid – I just didn’t want to have a child. The reason? I was worried how I would keep him/her safe in this world. All the news that I read/saw was scary. How would I keep my child safe?
Today, when I have a baby I am really, really scared. How do I keep him safe? From how many do I need to protect him? The lift man? The guard? His teacher? Uncles? Grand fathers? His bus driver? Shop keeper? How? How? How? I am scared, afraid.
How do I keep a baby, a kid, a child safe? Who is safe in this world? Asking why and how these people can do such things to a child, a baby, has no meaning and yet I keep asking myself that. These are dirty, perverted people. I don’t know how and what to do to keep my baby safe.
Teach your kid to shout, teach him to cry out loud if anyone touches him/her. Teach them about bad touch, good touch as soon as they understand. Tell them where it is not right to be touched. But an 8 month old, a 6 month old? What do I teach them? What do we tell them? We have to work, we go out, we leave them with relatives, neighbours come over to play. What do you do? Stop being social?
Be careful I say, be alert. But are there really any signs? Are there? Is there anything that can make us wary of someone? Sixth sense? Does it really work? Every time? Can we really trust it? What do we trust? Who do we trust?
Yes, like others I also say kill them who do such things. Capital punishment, that’s what they deserve or even worse if it’s possible – yes, I do say that. But how we stop such a thing from happening? Is there anything we can do to protect them? Being a mother I am asking you – anyone who is reading, is there really something that we can do to protect our kids? Help me, help us, we are scared!
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I huffed, puffed and panted up the hill, taking many rest breaks along the way. My calf muscles pained, my heart protested, and my breathing became heavy at one stage.
“Let’s turn back,” my husband remarked. We stood at the foot of Shravanbelagola – one of the most revered Jain pilgrimage centres. “We will not climb the hill,” he continued.
My husband and I were vacationing in Karnataka. It was the month of May, and even at the early hour of 8 am in the morning, the sun scorched our backs. After visiting Bangalore and Mysore, we had made a planned stop at this holy site in the Southern part of the state en route to Hosur. Even while planning our vacation, my husband was very excited at the prospect of visiting this place and the 18 m high statue of Lord Gometeshwara, considered one of the world’s tallest free-standing monolithic statues.
What we hadn’t bargained for was there would be 1001 granite steps that needed to be climbed to have a close-up view of this colossal magic three thousand feet above sea level on a hilltop. It would be an understatement to term it as an arduous climb.
Why is the Social Media trend of young mothers of boys captioning their parenting video “Dear future Daughter-in-Law, you are welcome” deeply problematic and disturbing to me as a young mother of a girl?
I have recently come across a trend on social media started by young mothers of boys who share videos where they teach their sons to be sensitive and understanding and also make them actively participate in household chores.
However, the problematic part of this trend is that such reels or videos are almost always captioned, “To my future daughter-in-law, you are welcome.” I know your intentions are positive, but I would like to point out how you are failing the very purpose you wanted to accomplish by captioning the videos like this.
I know you are hurt—perhaps by a domestic household that lacks empathy, by a partner who either is emotionally unavailable, is a man-child adding to your burden of parenting instead of sharing it, or who is simply backed by overprotective and abusive in-laws who do not understand the tiring journey of a working woman left without any rest as doing the household chores timely is her responsibility only.
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