I existence is within a gadget, be it human

I was walking back tomy seat after buying a bottle of water from the stall in the bus stand. I seefour young small kids sitting quietly down, next to each other. To see suchyoung ones sitting silently is a strange wonder. After all when I was small Iwould loiter around, and wander in my own imagination. “Divya, you better waitthere!” was a constant statement I was often told, by my parents and here I hada complete different scene.I moved, on thinkingthat children now are more disciplined and better off than I was when I was achild, impulsive and impatient. I boarded the bus and it started, that is whenI noticed the same young kids boarding along with me.

I was astonished, whenI saw them all hold tight their mother’s hand and get in. I was thrown back tomy childhood where I would set my foot first and every step would be anadventure to me and then my parents would follow and here, it’s all different.They soon settled down.As the journey started, I heard youngsters talk, elders talk and even laugh,but was astonished to not hear these young lively kids.I turned back and sawthem and then I realized, looked to myself and sighed.I now realized what washappening. They all had gadgets in their hands.

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A mobile, a tab, an Ipod and alaptop. All busy and engaged with their own virtual world. I was so disturbedbecause this is not the trend just in youngsters, but young kids who are justof the Secondary and Primary schooling.For today’s generationthe whole existence is within a gadget, be it human connection or co-curricularactivity and learning, and the worst is when they are unknowingly supported andencouraged by their parents.Here are the top fiveerrors parents commit, when their child is in growing years:1)  Corporate Food HabitsPresence ofcorporate food outlets like Dominoes’, KFC, Pizza Hut call the young minds tohave a quick bite from the food these outlets offer. Children get so attachedto them because of their artificial taste which savour the taste buds and theystart developing an aversion to the food prepared at home, which is healthy andnutritious. Once this craving remains, the child develops an urge to consume itand when the demand is rejected, children develop gradually an anger and disobediencetowards elders. Finally mood swings set in making it the parent child relationstrain.

 2)  Best clothing makes my kid the bestClothing alonecan’t define the character of the child, but parents often think that dressingthe child in the best that they can afford makes the child a presentabletrophy. Clothing alone makes a man well presentable, but not well mannered.Well mannered is only possible when they are draped with culture and traditions.Children on theother hand are seen demanding branded clothes thinking that if they maintainthe standard of their look, they will be more acceptable and regarded in thesociety. 3)  Keeping the child unaware of the financial matters’An income in thefamily is to be saved and thoughtfully spent’, is a simple thought which shouldbe embedded in the minds of the children from a very young age. Parents keepthis as a secret and develop a mentality that they are too small to have theirsayThis makes thechild develop a false expectation and broken from the family.

Sharing my ownpersonal experience, I too was kept unaware of my financial status, when I wasdoing my secondary schooling. For every Parent Teacher meeting, I would ask mymother to wear a trendy top and jeans, so as to fit into the club of richfriends. She would always wear chudidar and I would feel awkward to see herstand with other moms who were dressing in jeans. Earlier itstarted with a request and soon it became a tantrum.

I decided to talk rude toher if she did not fulfill what I asked.When I saw mymother wear jeans as I had asked her, I smiled but it immediately vanished whenI saw the uncomfortable feeling on her face. I realized my mistake of havingexpecting something which is not practically possible. I apologized and askedmy mother to dress in whatever she felt was comfortable and saw her smile. Ihad accepted my financial status and the mindset we are surrounded with. 4)  Lollipop for every work done?Take simple examples of children’sdemand from primary to an undergraduate{Primary Section} Kid: “Dadda, I don’t want to go toschool!”             Dad: “You go to school and I willbuy you a toffee.” {Secondary Section}Kid: “I will not do my homework”Dad: “Do it and I will give you mymobile phone to play.” {Higher Secondary Section}Kid: “I am not interested instudying further”Dad: “You study well and get goodgrades and I promise you the            latest mobile cell” {Under graduation}Kid: “I am so bored with these hugebooks.

I am going to quit”Dad: “I will gift you a bike if youstudy and finish graduation.” And the list goes on. This is avery common happening today. Lollipops, chocolates, late night outings, trendingvehicles, pocket money are becoming a very common form of bribe which is done unknowingly.

In the process of upbringing the child, we fail to draw a line between appreciatingthe good in our kids and bribing them to be good.  5)  Gadgets are the new friendsChildren see electronic gadgets astheir soul-mate. Maps, games, chatting, photos, videos and music have becomethe most common used apps in the gadget. 24/7 is the time limit that childrenare attached and glued to the gadgets. Earlier gadgets accompanied childrenonly when they were out of home, but now it’s an accompaniment even when theyare on the beds and worse in the bathrooms.The need of human connection is aerased memory from the minds of the young and are substituted for a non-emotionmachine.Parents too agree to keep them busyby providing them with such as busy children don’t disturb the routine work ofparents and often become easier to handle.  Solution:Food habits of the children shouldbe strictly monitored by the parents.

Videos which highlight the nutrientspresent in home food should be displayed to kids and also a comparison shall bemade of the junk food to home food. Small charts indicating the level of harmjunk food can do should be made, as a team, to inculcate in the child reasonswhy they should be not consumed on a daily basis. Being presentable is vital intoday’s world, but that alone is of no use.

Clothing looks great only on thosewho adorn them according to their character. Costly clothes will only help tobe accepted in the society, but character will help one to be loved by all inthe society. Children gradually should comprehend that beauty and body aretemporary and perish while character remains immortal. Financial matters might be a verysensitive topic to be discussed, yet small decisions which can include themshall be discussed with them. Realization of the monetary expenses at a veryyoung age will help the child to know the value of money, save and budget theexpenses, which is very much needed in today’s living. Bribing is a very huge mistakewhich occurs in small actions happening between the parents and children,making the child take a step over the parent as the parent readily offers thechild things they like. Parents then fail to realize that bribing soon turns todemands and tantrums, at times which can’t be accepted by the parentsthemselves.

 The world is getting busier day byday, but spending time with children and having a human connection should bemade as a priority in parents’ life. After all they too crave for yourattention and when they are deprived of it, substitute it with gadgets.