I am a proud mother of two boys. They do make me feel proud on several occasions. I am happy to see them growing into the people that they are.
I try to involve myself in their day to day work. Also, try to have an open mind and listen to them. And ask them about their feelings and friends. And if I am lucky enough I get some feedback. And my lucky day it is!! To be honest my kids do share a lot of stories with me. Please don’t let my kids know I lied.
I was always told that kids nowadays are unlike the kids of our times. But I’ve never felt much of a difference till my younger son starts using slang. Like Amma, Chill!!! What am I supposed to do? Sit in the fridge??? Amma you are acting like a nube. Believe me, I had to take Google’s help to first of all understand what is Nube. And calling all his friends Bro!! Bro!! Okay, so his friends are all his bros now. To make him call his own brother as brother I have to give him several reminders. Sometimes I wonder if either of us is from another planet.
With my elder son, it is always a nice talk. About school, studies, friends and life in general until he starts on some political or historical matter. Then I feel that I should also give my opinions on the matter (I do try to keep myself abreast of current affairs but it is never enough). Then I voice out my opinions and he looks at me as if I have lost it. In this moment of shame, I want to hide myself somewhere not nearby. But I can’t let him know that and I try and divert the issue. Believe me when I say kids are much more into current affairs and when you feel that you will try and give them knowledge stop right there. My son corrects me in matters related to Ramayana and Mahabharata. I assumed that I would be knowing better as I had watched both of them on television. But no.
So the final conclusion is that there is no generation gap except in their language, their mindset, their knowledge, and their outlook.
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