Dec 26, 2016, 10.49 AM IST
Despite realizing that it’s not the right way to parent my 5-year-old daughter, I often let her indulge and over indulge in gifts. One day it is the tooth fairy gift, next day for a good deed she did and some weekends a gift just because we passed by a toy shop. I remember how as a child my parents showered me with gifts only on birthdays and that was exactly the reason why I cherished them the most – after all I waited a whole year for that indulgence. Sadly, I can’t say the same about my daughter. She gets a toy home, plays with it for a day or two and hops on to another less used toy and keeps alternating between the many that we continue to clutter her toy cupboard with.
One of her classmates came to school really happy and excitedly told everyone that her daddy bought a Maruti Alto and how she couldn’t wait to go back home and ride in their new car. My daughter jumped in enthusiasm but two boys in her class started laughing. They rubbed on and on about how Alto is the cheapest car and added insensitively, “Couldn’t your dad have bought a more expensive car?” That clearly pulled down her spirit and the happy cherry face sanked into melancholy. My daughter failed to understand the cheap and expensive comparison and went about cheering her friend. How I wish I was there at the moment and could give a fitting reply to those boys.