Recently, I visited one of my acquaintance. Actually, I was invited to attend the birthday celebration of my acquaintance,( don’t call a friend, because she is not too close to be a friend.)
We all took our place in the living room and all were in elated mood enjoying the exchange of chit chats.
Aadat anushaar, my eyes fell on her son.Mummy busy with friends and beta busy with mobile.
I inquired as to what he was busy with. His Mom said that he is playing online games.
I don’t encourage kids to play online games nor encourage them to use internet without parental guidance.
I told her that it is not fair for a 5 year old to be hooked on mobiles.
My acquaintance proudly said that he is efficient to play games for a stretch of four hours and more.
I have habit of giving free advice, “itna paisa kyun barbaad kar rahi ho, uselessly.”
“Ila di, paisa kahan lag raha. JIO ka free package hai, using it jab tak free hai”
“Uske baad?” I asked.
“Spending money for online games, Na Baba. Mobile will be locked in almirah.” She said in tashaan.
“What about his habit?” I don’t believe in losing my bet.
“Sab theek ho jayega.” She replied with overconfidence.
I chose to keep quiet but my mind was racing.
Was she been fair to her child? The child is innocent and they pick the habits as you mould. He is just 5 years, he can’t weigh the pros n cons nor he knows about free n paid package. Once you are letting him to develop the habit n afterwards the privilege will be snatched.
Isn’t he been cheated by his role models?
How can one think of kids been disciplined?
We point to kids if they misbehave and act stubborn, there are valid reason to his misbehavior.
In his initial years, if he stumbles the parents are directly responsible for it.
I kept quiet and moved after having my share in party.
My mind was confused and I felt pity for the child and felt scared what would follow the day JIO withdraws it’s free service.
Is the behavior of a parent justified and many queries clouded my mind.
I could only say, Uff, Yeh Mummyian.
Disclaimer: It’s my personal observation n I felt need to share with the parents to think of it to justify the child’s rights n behavior. No intention of offending anyone.
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