Are we giving our children a break from the rat race?A few days ago, I was aghast when the parents of an eighth standard child simply reprimanded him for being lazy and not getting the first rank in his class. A very bright student, the boy had scored 96 percent in his mathematics examination and was feeling sorry for it. But the verbal bashing made things even worse.
After about two hours, when the boy was back in action, playing with his friends, the father called him and warned him to get back to studies, even when the time was just 6 PM. The child was naturally not happy and he said that he wanted to play a little more. He then reminded his father about his promised trip to the Kutralam falls. (this is a lovely place to Visit in late June or early July, and this is around 600 kilometers from Chennai, an overnight journey by train).
The father merely said that there will be no trip till he gets back to the first rank!!
Though I did not pick up any conversation with the otherwise enlightened bank official ( a senior manager of a leading Nationalized bank), I was just pondering. Are we not being too harsh with our children? It later transpired that the child wanted a break only on a Sunday,
Such conversations are so common in gated communities. Where are we going?