As kids, there was a time, when we were free to take decisions for ourselves – whether it be doing homework or allocating time for study – how and when was our own decision! Parents advised but hardly interfered. We, as kids, had lots of time. We were left to ourselves to decide on the ways of engaging our leisure.
We sneaked through neighbourhood to find spots for our activities – be it a field game, board game, closed door OUIJA, Frisbee, book game, whatever, whatever…..we found exclusive spots and allowed no trespassers! We were a bunch of carefree kids! We chose our friends. When something went amiss, we were accountable and we found solutions on our own. I learnt the art of trusting, loving and decision making all by myself.
But now? There are no easy neighbourhoods. We live in closed concrete crimps. These tall claustrophobic structures have lesser and lesser fair field for play. Leisure spots come at high costs and they are no more sporting spots. More the money, more the amenities! You pay little extra for a sq. ft of space and you get a sq. ft more of common play area. If you pay furthermore, you get common space for indoor games, swimming pool and the list goes so on and so forth.
As an ever prying and ever caring parent, we don’t want our child to fall prey to false proposals, gangster groups, foul plays and what not! We always take the responsibility upon ourselves and decide on who should become our child’s friend! Being overly anxious, we never allow our child to wander around to learn the art of survival. We feel more comfortable by keeping more than just an eye on their activities.
Are we not depriving them of childhood?
Are we not depriving them of the privilege of growing and becoming independent?