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What if we totally clamp down on our children's freedoms, for fear that they may come to harm? Surely, they will make fewer mistakes. But fewer mistakes will mean less learning. How does that fit into our primary role as parents -- that to nurture the child so that he or she becomes a self-sustaining human being?
I happened to meet my neighbour's mom-in-law, a woman with a gentle demeanour. As we chatted for the first time, she asked me, "Are you a working mom?" Quite nonchalantly, I responded that I am not working right now as taking care of the little monster (my son) 24x7 is my latest preoccupation. With a smile of affirmation she complimented me: "You absolutely did the right thing by saying no to work." She beamed as if in doing so I had averted the wrath of god.