Friday, February 05, 2010

New dad of today

Master Lee is a Chinese physician who runs a clinical services. While walking into his place today, i saw him sweeping the floor himself. At the corner, i saw his teenage son taking an afternoon nap over the comfortable sofa.

Jokingly i told Lee, those days father would sleep and son had to sweep and clean the shop. Today son sleeps and the father has to sweep without complaint. Lee laughed and fully agreed to my statement. He added, you and me have been sweeping and cleaning for two generations. Meaning, when we were young, we had to serve our parents and today we have to please our children. Looks like it's not a fair deal!!!

Those days it was compulsory, children had to help their parents in every way. Children who didn't, would be considered as disobedient and disrespectful kids. We took turns to assist our household chores or if our fathers had business shops, we worked together without any instruction given. Today parents have to maintain their homes by themselves and not expecting their children to assist. As long as their children are behaving and are studying, they prefer not to disturb the kids. Those who could afford it, would even employ maids to take care of their young. I think this current generation, most children are being pampered to a certain extent. Yes! They are much cleverer and intelligence than our yesteryear, they definitely are not tougher and more independence than us. Would you agree?

Food for thought - “Where does discipline end? Where does cruelty begin? Somewhere between these, thousands of children inhabit a voiceless hell” - Francois Muriac quotes.

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