Yeah the kids are getting smarter by the day and so are the moms! So here are some witty conversations with my 3 year old son who named himself Chintu, thinks his vocabulary resides in his mouth, believes his shirt’s colour is his colour too and argues Kola (his pencil head) helps him with his home work. He loves holding mom’s hair during nap-time, wakes up in the middle of the night asking for more cashews, conducts science experiments during his bathe time, dresses himself up and brags about it. He never fails to look around for our cheers after every successful cricket shot. His favorite past-time besides painting, building blocks, cricket, story time, dancing his way to glory, feeding fishes is gazing out of the window. Oh wait forgot one! he loves transformers and imagines himself as Bumblebee and his dad as Optimus Prime.
He wouldn’t allow one single day pass by without getting us to muse #Aajkalkebache!
Scene 1: Acquaria, KLCC, Malaysia
Lil D: Oh I love these Sharks!
Dad: Shall we keep a shark as a pet back at home?
Lil D: [After a pregnant pause] Hmm. Sharks wont fit in our house.
Dad: Oh my! when will I grow up to be so pragmatic?
Scene 2: A cricket ball rolls under a cabinet
Lil D: [Tries pushing his hand below the cabinet with little luck]
Dad: [Attempts grabbing the ball with finger tips]
Lil D: Dad how did you think your hand will fit while mine didn’t?
Scene 3: Mom and Dad leaving for a movie [ Time 10: 30 pm]
Mom: Little D why don’t you join us for this awesome movie
Lil D: What is the name of the movie?
Mom: Transformers [ Son’s favorite movie ]
Lil D: Hmm, You carry on.
Mom: Please join us we love your company
Lil D: No amma, I don’t like the lights being dimmed off in the theater. And I don’t like the loud audio too.
Mom: Are you sure you want to stay back alone? Wont you feel alone after we leave.
Lil D: No mom, I will play with my nanny
Mom: Ok dear, will be back soon [Wow, my reverse strategy actually works]
Scene 4: Meal time with Aunt on a lazy Sunday!
Aunt: So little D what is your plan? What do you want to do in Life?
Lil D: [With an expression implying – Cant you see?] I am eating.
Aunt: What do you plan to do after lunch?
Lil D: [Hmm some deep thinking] I will drink water.
Aunt: Wah, after that?
Lil D: I will clean my mouth
All of us: [This is just how far we should plan / worry about life]
Scene 5: Expecting a little cousin soon
Mom: Aunt will bring home a little sibling for you
Lil D: Oh great!
Mom: You will then be a BIG brother.
Lil D: Yay I am BIG brother. Lets go and play with the little baby
Mom: Hmm it will take a week for the hospital folks to give us the baby
Lil D: Starts crying, NO NO NO! Why do you want to take my little baby to the hospital. Please don’t take the baby to the hospital.
Scene 6: Mom trying to feed the Son his dinner
Mom: Little D I have made this mouth watering dish for you. Try out a little
Lil D: No mom, it is too hot / spicy / salty / deep fried etc
Mom: At-least try a little before commenting
Lil D: Can I try it after 10 minutes?
Mom: Hmm, may be after 2 minutes
Lil D: …
Mom: [Exhausted] Resorts to some engaging rhymes on the tab
Lil D: [Mouth wide open to eat whatever hot / spicy / salted food being fed]
Mom: [Left wondering how the cause and cure are both the same in his case]
I strongly believe Aajkalkebache are who they are partly due to the role played by technology in their lives. Internet, TVs and mobiles have all become the necessary evil we cant do away with. So here are some tricks to manage this evil. They worked so far with my logical little man:
- Created an imaginary character called Power Manager who controls the Internet Access. He provides access (for a limited time / day) only upon receiving an update from the parents that all the daily routines are taken care off. My son respects this Power Manager and his conditions 🙂
- Made his favorite teacher suggest that he should watch TV only for a little time each day. My son who aspires to be this teacher’s pet religiously follows her recommendation and never misses to communicate this fact to her every time they meet 🙂
- Other traditional methods – Shifting to brick and mortar methods of learning – shifting from app-puzzle to card-board jigsaws, youtube videos to puppet driven story sessions etc. Surrounding him with loads of interesting books and age-appropriate activities viz. flintobox, wonderbox, brown bag
- Leaving him alone (read ignoring his commentary on the program) during his media time and paying complete attention, discussing minute details and engaging with while he is involved in other activities
Try out and tell me if they work with your little ones too. Also share your success stories, would love to hear and learn from your experiences.
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