Thursday, January 20, 2011

Me and My Kids!!

I am a single parent. I have a son and a daughter. Like most kids, they can be often found squabbling with each other about inanely petty issues – the excess oil in the food for instance, is one of their favourite topics to pick on. Then they have larger debates like whose family function to attend or not. At times, they have life-altering, earth-shattering arguments over a missing bill that either of them misplaced, but neither is sure and until they find it lying in the most conspicuous place possible, all sorts of papers are flung across the room, until our house resembles a battlefield with arrows being shot from both ends! 

My children, like most others their age, tend to sulk when they don’t get what they wanted. This is a strategic tactic, whereby they sit for hours without speaking a word to anyone and try making a strong point by deliberately missing their favourite TV show and retiring to bed as soon as possible. This could go on
for a couple of days,in order to get their way. Once their whims have been satisfied or they realize that all their sulking has been disregarded, they are on their best behaviour again.

My kids also tend to have extreme mood swings. One minute they’re scowling and grumbling, the next they’re laughing and chatting animatedly. Their favourite game is pretending to be grown up. In this game, they act all adult-like and scold me for my wrongdoings. They even enjoy lecturing me about my irresponsible and carefree ways. Playing along is the best way to humor them,as experience has taught me:-)

As a single parent, I also have to multi-task when it comes to the kids. Most often, I’m telling them off for behaving impatiently. I also have to act as a mediator on several occasions, but sometimes it’s best to leave them alone to sort out their issues. They also look to me for advice and sympathy when they’re particularly anxious or low. These are the times when they’re most vulnerable and I, in all my wisdom and experience, have learned to counsel and comfort them.

As I have observed in other children, my kids tend to display exemplary streaks of maturity. They take on additional responsibilities and worries with a self-belief that I seem to lack. They hold their heads high, refusing to bow down to the weight of the world on their tender shoulders. Their small gestures
of kindness to each other make up for all their silly scraps. But most of all, what touches me, is their overwhelming and unconditional love for me.

With all their little flaws and faults, my children are adorable. My daughter is 53 years old and my son is 59.

I call them mom and dad.

11 comments:

  1. Aila single parent...... haaan theek hi hian..... your 'daughter' says i am a paying guest here.... :)

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  2. Well written... Auntyji... Akash

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  3. Well written and so true...I think every grown up child can identify himself with what u had written !!

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  4. suchita, well written. I liked it very much. Being a parent to ur parents. Adorable idea. :)

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  5. seems to be a universally accepted sentiment!:-)

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  6. Lol.... When I first landed on your blog (after you commented on mine) I just read the first few lines thinking oh she is a single mother and after that I couldn't proceed due to some work so I added your blog to my bloglist making a point to comeback and read... And here I am today and now after I have read it completely I just couldn't stop laughing...very beautiful written. :)

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  7. awww......i loved it!!!and even identify myself with it (:

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  8. hey ,dis 1 is too good...bt Title is shocking ;D

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  9. @shraddha-hahahha....thanx....at least it got you to read it!!

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  10. Too good dear!
    Just imagined a blog about Potli and Potlibaba by their daughter/ son after few years!!!!

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