Every time I look at my 2 year old daughter, in all her innocence, my heart gushes with love. I what I can do to always protect her and at the same time instill the "right" set of values in her. Now I say "right set" but I realize it is vague and ambiguous. Before I go off too much on a tangent, let me relate the incident which has set me off today.
My grandfather who is 88 years old lives in Mumbai. He and a few other friends of his (in the 70+ age group go for walks each evening. We live in a small gated community with many children of all ages. A few days ago as he was walking with his friends, a group of 8-9 year olds were cycling full speed and one of them hit my grandfather with his cycle. I mean the kid was cycling so fast, he cycled straight into him from the back!! I am shocked and amazed. I child of 8-9, I expect should be responsible enough to know that he/she needs to slow down when there are others on the road. My grandfather was helped home by his other friends but the person involved just said "Sorry Uncle, didn’t you hear the cycle bell?" and ran off!!!! My grandfather was hit so badly his shirt was torn and he had to be helped home.
What do parents teach their children in the name of basic courtesy, manners and consideration for others? I mean a child of 9 years surely has enough control over a bicycle that they can stop and avoid hitting others. It's not that the roads are very steep or anything that he lost control of the cycle or it's speed. On a similar note, on my last trip to India, I noticed so many times little teeny boppers shouting at or ordering about older people be it their driver, maali or maids. It shocks me and I wonder have their parents not taught them even basics of respecting elders no matter how rich or poor they may be? Am I right in blaming the parents for this behavior? What can I do to make sure that a few years down the line, it is not my child doing the same? I'd love to hear what all you other Moms think about this.