Everybody knows how to raise children, except ….


P. J. O’Rourke says :-

Everybody knows how to raise children, except the people who have them.

For those who are parents, these words would strike a familiar chord. Those who do not have children or are yet to have children or who just have babies seem to have all the right knowledge and have the right know-how in how to raise the children. Those who already have been parents with grown children are the ones who always seem to be at a loss.

Why is this so? The reason is most  parents who have children seem to get ‘masters at confusion’ as their children. These parents, too, start out with loads and loads of confidence and with heads full of fantastic parenting ideas. But poor souls they usually end up exhausted, wrinkled, whited-haired and defeated, totally confused by the ‘masters at confusion’

But the irony is the ‘victors’ (the children) don’t seem to care. This is because they don’t start out to be real adversaries of their parents. They just want to exert their their right to freedom. It’s the parents who turn these challenging encounters into battles of the wits. And they are the ones who end up on  the losing side. But this scenario has been played out generations after generations. The lesson does not seem to be learnt. Why has the absurdity and irony of it all  not been recognised? What has it blinded generations of parents without any of the parents wising up to it?

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