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  • Towards the last few years of our school, a long long time our independence grew, we were more and more on our own. But with parents always watching over us.

    The closest thing to the cell phone at that time was the communication device only Captain Kirk and his team carried on the space ship Enterprise – ‘Beam us up Scotty’. So sometimes it was not possible to call back home on land line phones.

    One evening I was unusually late returning home. There had only recently been accidents involving young boys on bicycles. Parents being parents, meanwhile could not help worst thoughts running amok in their mind.

    I reached home and was asked for an explanation. I had none. I had just decided to stay back at a friend’s house longer than I usually did.

    Next day while talking with my friend, I told him how I ended in trouble the previous evening.

    ‘That was only expected, it’s all your fault. You have to train your parents for that first.’

    ‘What do you mean?’.

    ‘Well if suddenly one day you come home at 8:00pm instead of 5:00pm, they are bound to be concerned!’

    ‘So what do I do?’

    ‘You don't have to necessarily fight for your freedom :) just need to train them first.'


    'Start by coming home at 5:30...then 6:00...then 7:00..’


    ‘Then one day when you will come back at 5:00pm your mom will get worried... ‘Is everything alright today?...Do you have a head ache? ...Did you quarrel with your friend?’...they will start asking such questions ’

    We laughed imagining our parents talking, with mom expressing concern to dad when he returns from work 'Do you know your son has be coming home very early now-a-days. I am really worried?'

    It all made sense. So we put that to practice.

    Arguing and reasoning with your kids can be futile at times. Now it’s my time to be trained. I can't help thinking - My training has just started!

    (Pic- Boys enjoying their vacation at the beach)
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