I never realized how time flew till my son -a 7 year old asked for a PSP and I was blank. Of- course I knew that its a Play station Portable but the point was that he knew more than me ! He knew all about the specification, the games to be downloaded , the variants and almost everything .... It was a true awakening moment and it painfully told me that I am getting passe` ..albeit mentally.
From then on-wards I became more active and involved in the Video Games/Gadgets Arrived corner of the newspaper and .... our relation has evolved into a friendly one - a Buddy-Parenting thing.
Now he is the one who fixes the wires of TATA SKY and change TV to the CD player mode and I help him in his class- projects and arranging his clothes chest. We enjoy these tasks which were a burden when conducted alone but have become a fun activity now. Its now our quality time together when done with each other.
I teach him how to water the plants and keep the shoe rack ship-shape while he tells me how to play the Pokemon Game and the characteristics of Charmander!
We do crossword puzzles and mental corner together in the 'Bangalore Mirror' and 'Young World 'of 'The Hindu'.
We share evening/after-dinner walk on our roof, under the starlit sky with he telling me about the constellations and the pole star and I sharing the story of 'Dhruv' Indian version of the Pole star and about some zodiac signs.
He teaches me about the cricket players, different IPL teams and the WWF wrestlers and I helped him in making his first ginger tea!
This has evolved in such a beautiful ritual that we both look forward for it . We look forward to water plants and brewing ginger tea to perfection :) It seems not only as the Khuljaye Bachpan but also as Udjaye Tension session .
We have particularly become fond of our night walks full of ghost- tales and trivia about Dracula and Iron-man (which I religiously have to mug up from internet ) and our ritual of spotting bird sounds. Our progress is very slow as I am very poor in recognizing and at times have mistook squirrel's call for a bird's ! Owl's hooting, crow's cawing, hen's clucking and pigeon and cuckoo's cooing are the only ones we mother-son can boast of to know.
Now, we are planning to improve and take our buddy parenting relation to the next level where keeping transparency is the only condition and respecting differences while providing genuine reasoning is the only rule.
Its wonderful to have entry in his world where I can explore and learn with him .
Its like growing up all again with my child beside me .We both stumble , we both stand up, improve and cheer for each other.
Believe me, its the BEST way to rear a child - to be with him, learn with him and grow with him , experience life the way he does ...
Thus making every moment (pal)of his life from learning new things to playing to reflecting ... khushi ke pal :)
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