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An appeal to all Indian parents and Indian origin parents living abroad.
There are careers other than Doctors and Engineers. If your child is interested in interior decorating, let them explore. If your child wants to be a journalist, let them explore. If your child wants to a dancer or singer guide them and show your support.
A creative mind is hard to come by. Don’t destroy that creativity by telling them that you won’t get paid good. Only if you are Doctor or an Engineer you can survive and there is nothing worse than that. Not all Doctors and Engineers live a lavish life. They might earn more but they might have issues they are dealing with mentally. Career and passion goes together. Please listen to your children and what they want to do.
An important lesson here is don’t fall a victim to peer pressure. Don’t listen to other parents criticism that you are not putting them in tons of after school activities and enrolling them in coaching classes while they are in elementary to prep for high school! Let them enjoy their childhood. Encourage what they like and focus on that skill or subject. Just because a friend’ s kid or a cousin’s kid is in Medical college or IT field, it is does not mean your kid needs to be one.
Every kid is unique and special. Please stop comparing your child with other kids. Please don’t bring down their confidence and self esteem. Also don’t be gender specific in choosing careers or extra curricular activities. Kids can do what they want to do. Don’t restrict them. Put your trust in them. Read books with them, take them out to Museums, explore art & nature, attend various classical events, go explore new cities, towns and let them learn by observing different people and learn more about the world.
Spread their wings and let them fly freely! Happy Parenting. Wishing you all the very best!
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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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