I WAS ALLOWED TO BE A CHILD!!!! (THAT WAS MY BIGGEST ACHIEVEMENT) by Zainab Rokadia

I am a mother to two boys,  Hasan in 5l and Zulfiqar in 7Q and the memory I want my children to really have while growing up is the feeling of being a child, which I feel these days is lost in the numerous classes a kid has to attend, along with the pressure of grades n peer competition. I barely see kids play in the corridor or look at the clock every 10 min to see if its 5pm and time to go hit the park and play simple cricket or football.

I crave for them the small pleasures of life which we really had in our non-screen years. My finest achievements were the interactive &  social skills I picked by simply playing with friends in my building compound .I didn’t need a personality development class to go to .I picked up the habit of doing homework daily by a simple reward system of getting to play an hour more on the grass, as opposed to being bribed with a PS4 game .I learnt to get dirty in the grass ,play different sports with children from  different nationalities ,learnt tolerance and team building through simple pleasure of just playing and fighting like a child ,and that today when I look back is my biggest achievement which has made me able enough to develop skills to run my dream business Zharbottoms .All I want to say is that childhood is a gift that shouldn’t get lost among classes and pressure of the future .I want my boys to just be boys and grow up in the dirt with the scratches and pains of growing up because in my personal opinion  that’s the foundation of what will really make them ready for the world .I don’t want them to be in a bubble created by the so called gizmo world, I’d rather have them breathe the fresh air, catch that flu and grow up being just those naughty boys who I kept screaming at ,clean your room ,pick those toys !!!!!