Sunday, April 27, 2008


Recently I had an opportunity to attend a summer camp held for children between 10 and 16 years of age. One of the topic was movie making. The children were asked to write a story for making the movie. Out of many stories, two stories were selected.
In the first story there is one child in a family. She is very brilliant and comes out first in her class with very high marks. Her parents don't let her play, watch TV and always insist that she studies all the time. If she gets 95 marks they want her to get 98 marks and if she gets 98 marks, they want her to get 100 and so on. They want her to do better and better all the time. The girl becomes depressed and very soon her marks come down drastically. The parents become very angry and they shout and scold her. The child's marks goes further down. The parents didn't know what to do. Finally, they take her to a psychiatrist. After talking to the girl, the psychiatrist finds out what was the real reason for the child's poor performance. He tells the parents not to harass the child and let her play, watch TV etc. The parents realise their mistake and stop harassing the child to study all the time. The child is happy and her marks start improving. SECOND STORY
In the second story, two small children see their parents not helping the old grand father. The parents trouble the grand father and don't give him food in time. He was made to wait till they finished eating. They don't buy his medicines in time. They don't listen to his requests and they shouted at him for silly things. After some years the grand father dies and the children grow up. They are now working and their parenst have become old and dependent on the children. The children who have seen their parents ill treat the grandfather, also start misbehaving with their parents and treat them very badly.
I hope all parents will understand the powerful lessons behind these stories written by children.

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