How can we help urban children to become more tolerant of ambiguity?It was shocking to learn how two children, aged 6 and 10, respectively, from a single family, refused to forgo any of their habits of ordering food through Swiggy and the like, even when both their parents are unsure of what will happen now or in the near future. The father works in IT and the mother in a private school in Chennai as a teacher. No amount of reasoning with the children has helped. Worse, since travel restrictions have now eased, they wanted to go to Kerala for a holiday, but gave up only after their teacher told them about how Covid could affect them.
Both parents are a bit sad that they did not reach their children anything about tolerance. When I tested for a while in Chennai, hearing such stories are quite common. Worse, the problem is more or less same with two families in Coimbatore. Is it that the metro and big city children are too much influenced by their rich peers? Is it just a transitory problem?
How do we make such children more tolerant? Of course, all the cases are from rich or upper middle class families. But children do not understand the tough times at all. Or so it seems.
What do we do in such situations?