Category Archives: Growing kids

My Mom’s a Sleepyhead

This is Sam.

He loves to read magical stories.

He loves to play boardgames.

He loves to watch cartoon shows on television.

And he loves to do it all with his mom.

But there’s a problem.

Sam’s mom is always sleepy.

When he wakes up in the morning, she is no mood to watch the squirrels play in the patio or the birds twitter happily. Sam counts her yawns. 20, sometimes 25 times in an hour! Who does that!!

When she is back from work, she enters yawning. Again, not in a mood to play a game of chess or Scotland Yard with him. She is irritated and shouts at Sam.

“Sam, for God’s sake! Just look at your room. There’s no place to sit. Everything is so messed up. You are 7! Old enough to clean your room.”

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She cleans the room herself as she shouts at him and yawns. Cleaning, shouting and yawning all together. Then she cooks a quick meal and asks Sam to finish it fast.

“Mom shall we watch television while having our dinner?” asks Sam hopefully.

Mom shoots one angry look at Sam and he knows her answer.

“Finish your meal and go to bed”, said mom.

At night, Sam wants to listen to a story.

“Mom pleaaaaseee,” says Sam.

“Okay. But just one story,” mom agrees. Sam is overjoyed.

“Once upon a time, there was a king and a queen. They had a beautiful daughter. One day, an ugly ogre took the princess and started eating his salad. Suddenly… the clock struck 12 and beauty gobbled up grandma. Then she ran leaving her glass shoe behind…..the donkey and the cat started to race … zzzzzz…zzzzz….

Sam could not believe that!!

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“Mom! Mom! Wake up! Urgggggh”, Sam was very upset. He swears he will never talk to his sleepyhead mom again.

Today, Sam is in a bad mood. He cannot focus on what’s going on in the class. Sam’s teacher notices that he is upset for some reason. She calls him in the staff room and asks what happened.

“My mom’s a sleepyhead. She’s sleepy in the morning. She’s sleepy in the evening. She doesn’t read or play with me. All she wants is to sleep. I will never talk to her again,” says Sam.

“Sam, you are a good boy. You should try to understand your mom’s problem before getting mad at her. Do you know how hard it is for her to do everything at the office, at home, for you and for the rest of the family?”

Sam blinks.

“Have you seen a mobile phone? What happens when you play your favorite mobile game, watch a funny video, read about dinosaurs and talk to your grandma without charging it?

“It just switches itself off?” says Sam with a shrug.

That’s because the phone’s battery has no power left for more work. It’s the same with humans. We all have our energy bundles. And if we don’t get enough rest, we’ll be tired always. It’s the same with your mother. Maybe she is overworked.”

Sam realizes that it’s true. Mom works at the office. She comes back home and there’s more work waiting for her.

“If you want to spend time with her, you need to make sure that she has enough energy left for you,” teacher smiled.

Sam understands. He is ashamed to have behaved like a child. How could he not see that mom is tired?

In the evening, when mom comes back home, she is so surprised to see the room spic and span. Sam has done his homework too.

“Mom, let me help you with the dishes. Together, we’ll finish everything fast,” says Sam with a smile so sweet that her mom’s stress vanished instantly.

Sam is now able to save his mom’s energy for better things like bedtime reading, board games, cooking etc.

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And life is happy again.

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Daddy’s Girl

‘I love my mom.’

And…

‘My Nani.’

And…

‘My Dadi’

And your Dad?

‘O yes, I love him too…’

 

When Simi Auntie was talking to Mia, Dad was reading a newspaper right behind them.

That’s what he does. Reads newspapers. Mia has never seen her Dad doing anything other than that.

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Dad gets Mia everything she asks for.

Mia is full of questions. When mom doesn’t know something, Mia goes to her Dad. Dad always has the answers.

But there’s something missing. Mia is not a Daddy’s girl like most of the girls she knows are.

When she sees a lizard, she cries ‘Mum!!!’ (Though Mom is equally scared.)

When she’s hungry, she looks for Mom, not Daddy.

When she’s sad, she wants nothing but Mom’s lap.

She almost never misses her Dad. It feels good when he is around. But she never feels lonely or sad when he is out on an official trip.

One morning, Mia woke up to find Mom in a very bad mood. She seemed as if she is in a hurry.

‘Mom, what’s the matter?’

‘Mia, Nani is not well. I need to rush to her. You’re a big girl. Please stay with your Dad for a few days while I am away taking care of your Nani.’

Before Mia could say anything, Mom was gone.

She didn’t help me brush my teeth.

Who will give me my breakfast?

Who will get me ready for school?

How can she just leave?

I won’t talk to mum.

Mia stood there thinking so many things, all at once.

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Suddenly, somebody picked her up. It was Dad!

Mia saw him grin broadly.

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‘Why is my princess so sad? Mom’s gonna be back soon. Till then, Daddy’s here for you.’ said Dad.

‘Yea but…’ Mia  doesn’t know what to say.

Dad quickly helped her brush her teeth. Then he made a nice, fluffy omlette for Mia.

Mia was surprised. It was so yummy!

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Dad can cook!

Then Dad drove Mia to school as always. But unlike other days, he kept talking to her and cheering her up. He even told a lot of Dad jokes. Some were good. Like

The waiter asks a Dad, how would he like his steak. What does the Dad say?”
-On a plate, please.

 

Mia laughed and laughed.

Some were bad.

“What did Dad’s tie say to his neck?”
– Do you mind if I hang around?

Mia still laughed. She loved her Dad this way. And wanted him to stay so. He was adorable!

When she got back home, lunch was waiting for her. It was not as delicious as mom-cooked food. But she was excited to see Dad doing so well in kitchen.

At night, Dad even told her a nice story. Mia loved it. She was having a great time with Dad.

Suddenly Mia saw something on the wall. It was a lizard!

Mia screamed ‘ Dad!!!’

To Mia’s surprise, Dad wasn’t scared. Infact he shooed it out of the room.

Wow!

Dad’s my Hero!

 

When Mom came back she found Mia reading the newspaper with Dad. She could see Mia was now Daddy’s girl.

 

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I am a big boy! (Age 2 to 5)

“Kittu, you must write with a pencil, not a pen. Learn to write with a pencil first. I’ll give you a nice pen when you will be a big boy.” Said mom as Kittu scribbled with a pen on his notepad.

This annoyed Kittu.

“But mom, I am a big boy already.”

“You are a growing boy. You are slowly getting big. But there’s still way to go” said mom lovingly.

Kittu had always wanted to be as big as his Papa.  He wanted to open the bolt of the door as easily as big people do. He wished he could ride a bike or a car like them. He wanted to work on a laptop, use a mobile phone and go to office like big, grown up people.

He hated when anyone called him a ‘small boy’. Mom used to call him ‘baby’, ‘chotu’ etc. but she now knows that Kittu doesn’t like being called that way. That’s why, she now calls him a ‘growing boy’.

Though Kittu always wanted to be big boy, he never did things himself. He never woke up to school by himself, never brushed his teeth himself and never ate his meals with his own hands. He always wanted his mother to do all these things for him.

One day, Kittu came home and found his mother in bed.

Mom never sleeps at this hour.

Kittu went to her to ask what the matter was. He touched his mother’s forehead.

Mom’s running high fever! Her forehead is as hot as a glass of hot milk!

Kittu didn’t want to wake her up. But he was hungry.

What to do now?

Kittu went to the kitchen and found rice and his favorite tomato curry in separate bowls. He picked them up one by one and kept them properly on the floor. He then spread a mat on the floor, picked up a spoon and started eating.

As he dropped few drops of curry on himself, he recalled that mom used to tie a handkerchief around his neck. He did the same and finished his meal.

He kept the bowls back in the kitchen, changed and snuggled beside his mom for a short afternoon nap.

In the afternoon, he told his friends that he would be staying at home to take care of his mom.

At night, dinner was served by father.

Every night, Kittu’s mother used to read out a story to him to put him to sleep. But today, he would have to sleep all by himself.

Kittu hugged his mom and fell asleep quickly.

Father woke Kittu up in the morning. He recalled that his mom is not well and found her sleeping next to him.

What if, I skip my school today?

But he suddenly remembered, ma’am is going to take us to the garden and show us how to plant a tree. I must go to school today!

So he got up, brushed his teeth all by himself. Father had made cheese omelette for him which he quickly gobbled up, dressed up, put on his shoes and got ready.

Father dropped him to school today.

He had a bright, beautiful day at school.

When he came back home, he found his mom sitting up and smiling.

“Mom, you’re okay? Has the fever gone?” Kittu screamed in delight.

“Yes my love. It is because of my big, wise boy that I got enough rest and I am well now. I saw you doing everything by yourself! Who taught you all that?”

Kittu blushed. He too, was pleased with himself. It was fun being a big boy.

I wish I could reach for the clouds

Or atleast that door latch

And be so big and tall

That only grown-ups can match

 

If you think we can be friends

Think twice, or thrice maybe,

Because I get cross at once

If you dare call me ‘baby’

 

Why don’t you let me,

touch that phone or that laptop?

I own a pack of Ben 10 cards,

Do you wish to swap?

 

I know you are bigger than me

But I am fast catching up,

Let me first gulp down that milk

In my favorite ‘big boy’ cup.

 

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