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Thursday, December 11, 2008
Involving and evolving a child
Kids these days are so fond of TV and video games that they hardly feel to play outside and enjoy any kind of sports. They are far away from the world of paper boats and fairytales. This behavior really irks me as a mother. I don’t want my son to be a couch potato and so do any of the moms. Although I agree that after a week of hard work, school, and homework, they need a break but that break need not be in front of the idiot box. These things go a long way in defining the personality of the child and life style when he or she grows up. So what all can we do about it?
We cannot completely ban them from watching TV and playing video games but of course we can define rules like set timings for TV and time for video games and do some fun activities:
1) Involving the kids in the household work, asking them for help so they respond better.
2) Going to parks for evenings and playing with them.
3) Encouraging them to play some sports, more outdoor activities that play a vital role in their overall growth.
4) Getting the age suitable games like scrabble and other good things that combine learning and fun.
5) Going to picnics, enjoying the nature with packed lunches and playing games like Frisbees.
6) Encouraging the habit of reading books.
Arindam Chowdhary, a renowned author, once said in one of his editorials, that if you want to give a good upbringing to your children, encourage them to read books, this will at least turn them into good human beings.
The prime aspect of childhood is to enjoy and learn skills at the same time and with our more tech savvy lifestyles, we are ruining that. The natural growth is hampered and kids are growing up indeed but without actually living their childhood. So wake up to this need of the hour, be in touch with the child within and be a child with them. Remember your own childhood and if we are able to give them even 10% of the time that we have, we have made their lives.

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The love for books should be primary. And outdoor games encouraged.

Though one mum also told me that what we used to play in the pass cannot be imposed on our kids. We also have to leep up to date and move with the trend of childhood games!

I am trying to see it objectively.

December 11, 2008 at 1:36 PM  

Yes and I need to kill my lazy worm and have more quality activities with my girl.

December 12, 2008 at 8:24 AM  

all that activities are really good and help. i do cultivate Nelson to do household chores

December 12, 2008 at 11:40 AM  

I agree Ann
its important to keep abreast with the latest trends so as to be a part of their generation.. :)

Hi Hazel
Infact I really appreciate you for this,one of the first posts that i read on your blog was about that and I loved it..

Vicky you should do this.. you will love it and so does your little girl..

December 12, 2008 at 12:33 PM  

I agree 100%.
Most importantly parents have to 'live the talk'. Chances are that if you are playing a sport regularly as a parent, your child will want to do it too, as children learn by imitation.
Thanks for visiting my blog.
Preeti Shenoy

December 12, 2008 at 12:52 PM  

i thk it's ok to let them watch the tv once in a blue moon (but not too often)...but can they go for books instead of the TV? hahaha...that we hv to train them at a young age!

btw, rgding the egg's very easy, just mix the spinach & carrot together and cook till it boils, and lastly add in the eggs and served them hot...easy rite...

December 13, 2008 at 3:42 PM  

hi there..good to have you back after a long silence...hope you are settled down..ya..n you have a new look for your blog...nice one!

December 15, 2008 at 10:51 AM  

Yes, kids should be brought outdoors!

December 15, 2008 at 11:46 PM  

Our generation n our children's r different to the extent that letting them enjoy 10% of wat we had during our childhood is more than enuf. That's really sad ya.

December 16, 2008 at 10:55 AM  

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