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On ‘Cov break’, kids grow up, learn life skills, help with household chores

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No more sports on daily routine. Physical classes suspended. Lunch-time jam sessions are a distant memory. But some of the city’s teenagers are still finding the motivation to get through. They have learnt to be responsible for others — especially the grandparents — and voluntarily staying away from parties lest they become carriers of the virus. They have also learnt something hitherto overlooked in their upbringing: housework.
“We keep talking about despondent youngsters who are supposedly headed for severe mental health issues. But we as parents have rediscovered our children as more responsible humans and feel quite satisfied after living through the pandemic for one whole year,” said businessman Aditya Mundhra, father of Swara, a student of Class V in La Martiniere for Girls. She and her cousin Mahira are now adept at most household chores. “But my favourite is gardening,” said Swara.
It’s not as if the kids don’t feel lonely or stressed out. “I do miss school so much, meeting friends and going for my badminton classes and trying out the new eateries in town. But I have started enjoying cooking, dishing out stuff to make my parents and grandparents happy,” said Asaawari Sahari, Class VII student of Modern High School.

“Initially, when we asked our maids to stop coming, we thought it wouldn’t be for too long. My 10-year-old son, Rup, had never participated in any housework. Slowly, he started watering the plants and folding the laundry. Later, he even started mopping the floor. With time, he has learnt to help me in the kitchen,” said Rupsha Dasgupta, Fossils manager and wife of singer-composer Rupam Islam. “Someone who had never touched a knife (except to cut birthday cakes) can now deftly chop vegetables,” laughed the mother.

“The pandemic has made the kids more tech-friendly. But that’s something they could have learnt later in life. What the crisis has taught them is to be good humans, empathetic and responsible. My daughter stayed away from get-togethers fearing she would bring the virus home. I feel quite proud now,” said Aasawari’s mother, Sushma Sahai, who is the associate professor of geography, Loreto College.

Leading their busy lives, most working parents never found the time to teach their wards life skills. “That way, Covid-19 has been the true teacher. Like all crises, it has taught them resilience,” said businessman Tejash Doshi, father of Harshieka and Kasshvi, students of Modern High School.

Source: Times of India

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