An Open Letter to All The Children Out There – Half Baked Beans!

An Open Letter on Children’s Day published on Half Baked Beans:

Dear Children-of-today,

On this day, I am writing this letter with a heavy heart. I am not only sad, but I am pained, horrified and numb at what you all go through these days. I should be excited about Children’s Day as a mother. Now I have all the more to celebrate with my daughter, surprisingly, I am not as happy as I should be.
I am baffled and bewildered at the emotional quotient of children today and how vulnerable they have become. With recent incidents of homicide, child abuse, mental depression, I am really scared for you all.

I know your childhood is very different from ours, but where and when did the innocence and simplicity of being a child fade away? Today, you know so much more, you do so much more, and you can do so much more. So, does that mean you are progressing?

I really don’t know the answer to this question.

You all are like budding flowers, but today we want you to bloom faster. And, in an attempt to make you advanced and progressive, we are polluting your mind, saturating your brains and infecting your heart.

Why are you Pradyuman’s killer if you are a child yourself?
Why are you a victim of Blue Whale Challenge if you are so technologically advanced?
Why do you fall prey to sexual predators?
Why do you commit suicide if anyone mocks you?
Why are you forced to embrace terrorism? And, why are not spared of hatred?
Why are you made to work under an inhumane condition, when you should be studying?
Why are you married off, when you should be playing?

Well, these questions remain unanswered to both of us.

I know that you want to ask so much, but we are ashamed that we cannot answer. It’s NOT YOUR fault, its Ours.

Don’t just celebrate this Children’s Day with good food, fun and games.
Celebrate with a promise to get your questions answered.
Celebrate with a promise to be strong when required.
Celebrate with a promise to open up regarding abuse, even if it is at your home.
Celebrate with a promise not to tolerate being bullied, just because you are a child.
Celebrate with a promise to use technology in the right way. And…

Celebrate with a promise to be a GOOD HUMAN BEING, above all.
I am writing this letter to you all with a ray of hope. A hope to see the children of today grow into responsible adults of tomorrow.
And, I promise to be with YOU, always. So, speak up, discuss, ask for help, interact and DON’T HIDE.

Wishing all of you out there a very HAPPY CHILDREN’S DAY and many more to come.

And Society, this is for you – Don’t let the child in them die a premature death. A bud blooms to a beautiful flower in its own time, and not forcibly. Don’t ruin their TODAY to give them a false promise of a better TOMORROW!

Yours truly,
Someone lucky to have a childhood like it WAS


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6 New Parent Decisions That Everyone Judge More But I Don’t Regret – World of Moms!

New parents are often judged for their decisions, but what they decide is best for their baby. Read my story in this article:

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Signs of a Bad Preschool!

After home, a school is where your child spends a lot of time, learn a lot of things, and communicates in a lot of ways. It is like their home away from home.  Hence, it is very important that they get a positive, healthy, and learning environment in school. And, pre-school being an important foundation for your child, it is very important to choose the right one for them.

It is the first time when your child leaves the security and warmth of a home environment and gets introduced to a completely new and different ambience. It is the first time your child leaves you, gets to know new people, and tries to adjust in a new environment. And, most of the parents get skeptical about the kind of preschool, they should send their child to, or whether the preschool authorities are taking proper care of their child or not. So, it is very important to investigate, research and gather as much as information regarding the preschool before enrolling your child. It is also important to identify the signs of a bad pre-school and take a conscious decision. If you have already enrolled your child in a pre-school, which you feed is not good, you need to take immediate action and rectify your mistake.

5 signs to identify a bad preschool are as follows:

Bad Reviews and Lack of proper Curriculum:  Bad personal experience can lead to bad reviews. Hence, if someone had given a bad rating or feedback about the pre-school, then something must be really wrong or the person might have faced it. And, probably you cannot totally ignore it. So, read the reviews and then assess. If you are not clear about the curriculum or you do not receive the necessary information from the school authorities about it, then you need to reconsider your choice.

Underqualified Staff and Major attrition: The people working in a pre-school matter the most than anything else. Because they will interact, communicate, teach and take care of your child, they need to be caring, compassionate and calm. And, the most important thing is being qualified for their respective job profiles. If that is missing, the entire learning process goes haywire. Sometimes, they try to manage with underqualified teachers or staff, but it is not beneficial for your child in the long run. Moreover, the attrition rate of good teachers can be high due to less pay scale, which can lead to frequent changes of teachers.

Less interaction: In the pre-school stage, it is like a combined effort of both the teachers and the parents to bring out the best there in a child. So, a constant interaction between the two is very important. So, if you feel that the pre-school is not clear about activities, or giving information, or answering your queries, then you need to opt for a different one, both for the sake of your child and yourself.

Expired License: Proper affiliations and approvals are important criteria while choosing a pre-school. So, if you get to know of a pre-school, who is operating without a proper or expired license, you probably need to raise an alarm and inform the necessary authorities for corrective action.

Improper facilities: Finally, loopholes in facilities is a major drawback for the failure of any pre-school. So, before taking a decision, visit the pre-school and check their facilities, hygiene norms and other things that are important for your child like proper playing area, food hygiene, safety measures, etc.

Since pre-school is the basic foundation for your child’s education and also his/her personality in a way, you need to be very very cautious. A wrong impression, a harsh interaction, an unpleasant incident and small things that you might ignore, can leave a long-lasting impact on your child’s mind. So, be very careful when you are choosing a pre-school because most of them try to promote and market them without actually implementing a lot of things. And, another important thing is to never ignore a call of caution by your child.

As a parent, it feels like a big task to let me go and face the challenges of the external world. So, make sure they start at the right place and grow in the right hands.


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