When Wordsworth said this little proverb little did he know that the newer generation would strive it to make it a reality. A truth. A fact.
Times have changed. And so have the children today. It was often said that Parents never need lessons to raise their own kids, but with the changing scenario in an uber competitive world, it seems that a child should be perfect when born, and parents, well super human beings is the correct adjective to use for them.
This is actually inspired by the Kid I am tutoring these days, the class 4 kid of a famous public school is a hard nut to crack. He is super intelligent, has tonnes of energy, and is inquisitive beyond his good. He is opinionated, stubborn, and knows exactly what he wants. Which unfortunately doesn't always mean that this is what is actually desired.
Today, as he has done at least twice in the last two weeks, he refused to come down to sit and study with me. After coaxing him for almost 45 minutes, he decided to come and tell me the homework that he got, and finally after another 15 minutes of running away from me he told me that he is very angry with his elder brother, mother and me.
I told him, that, fine, he doesn't have to talk to me, or study with me, he should just do some corrections while I am having my glass of juice and then, I will leave anyways. The baby then runs away into the other room to sulk, and I go after him, to ask what really is the matter.
There he tells me, that he is angry with everyone and that he will not talk to anybody. After coaxing him for like I dunno how much time, trying to explain to him that if others start behaving the way he is behaving with them now, it would hurt him too. And then it finally he relented and he told me, what his problem is-
He says that, his mother spends more time with his elder brother than with him, and that she does not even have time to talk to him.
I was shocked to hear this, because his mother is a really nice woman. She herself is a teacher in a school, and is managing her house with two boys, husband and in laws.
I had a very uncomfortable conversation with her after that, when I was trying to convey what her son had told me. I felt so bad. Because, I know that she is trying very hard to balance her time with everything.
How is it that the children today know more about, how to taunt your parents into getting them anything and everything... and still not have enough confidence in them that they are doing their level best to spend time with them.
In the present times, when everything has become so expensive, and lifestyles are changing a double income in the family is a must. But then, at the cost of providing best education to your children, getting them trained sports, the parents are not able to find time for the children for whom they want to provide.
This is the situation now. What will happen a couple of years later?
Is it just me, or is starting life on your own terms, actually a tough job?