Events and Challenges

No dear parents, don’t do that ! {IBMC 08/10}

This is my series on the  Incredible Blogger Marathon Challenge. To know the answers to how, what and why, read my post : The beginning {IBMC 00/10}

IBMC #08: The Nursery Rhyme Challenge


This is my eighth post for IBMC. It involves choosing a nursery rhyme and making a new and different interpretation of it.

 The rhyme I chose is:


Hush, little baby, don’t say a word,
Mama’s going to buy you a mockingbird.

If that mockingbird won’t sing,
Mama’s going to buy you a diamond ring.

If that diamond ring turns brass,
Mama’s going to buy you a looking glass.

If that looking glass gets broke,
Mama’s going to buy you a billy goat.

If that billy goat won’t pull,
Mama’s going to buy you a cart and bull.

If that cart and bull turn over,
Mama’s going to buy you a dog named Rover.

If that dog named Rover won’t bark,
Mama’s going to buy you a horse and cart.

If that horse and cart fall down,
You’ll still be the sweetest little boy in town.

So hush little baby, don’t you cry,
Daddy loves you and so do I.

I loved the melody of this children’s rhyme. I think I love it even today, but I have a serious issue with the lyrics !

Why’s that ? You ask !

Well, Is it just me who senses the bribing tone of this Mama ? 😉

OK I understand that raising a child is as hard as it is awesome. But is it okay to buy bigger and better things to make your children behave nicely !

How do you ensure, that the human you’re building doesn’t get used to these over-indulgence sessions from Mum and Dad. I’m not just talking about babies here. I’m talking about children, up to the teens or maybe even beyond.

I believe that parents must know where to draw a line. I know that when you become a mom or dad, you get an urge to pamper your precious child with anything and everything in the world. I am not a parent, so maybe I do not understand the selfless love that overpowers you when you have a child. In fact, as of now, I cannot even wrap my head around the idea of another person (your child) becoming the most important entity in the universe and his/her needs coming much before your own.

Coming back to the subject of this post, purchasing discipline or happiness may be an easy option, but where does it stop ?

While buying their way out of a tricky situation parents must ask themselves these questions !

  1. Can I tackle it any other way ? – Like, maybe talk to your child, make him/her understand what you want out of them and why !
  2. Can I even afford this ?  – If the answer is, “I’ll sell one of my kidneys” then, No you can’t afford it !
  3. Will my child benefit from this ? – A minute of happiness resulting from a shiny toy or a swanky car may bring a smile to their face but is that smile worth instilling the thought of “anything can be bought” in their young, impressionable mind !

My message to parents ! 

As parents, you have a huge responsibility, like I said earlier, you are literally building a human, from scratch.

As your kids grow up, you need to teach them to be responsible, independent, caring, thoughtful adults who understand people and the world around them instead of creating pampered big babies who are so clueless that they can’t even survive outside the comforts of their homes.

That is why, I believe, you have the toughest (and certainly the most noble) job in the world, so make sure you rock it !

Thanks for tuning in ! Looking forward to your valuable feedback ! 🙂

Check out my other IBMC posts:

  1. I fly higher than the skies ! {IBMC 01/10}
  2. Love is not locked ! {IBMC 02/10}
  3. Haphazard musings of a movie buff ! {IBMC 03/10}
  4. What The Haiku ! {IBMC 04/10}
  5. A tale of two friends ! {IBMC 05/10}
  6. Crimson lake chronicles ! {IBMC 06/10}
  7. Suicide on Saturn ! {IBMC 07/10}


5 thoughts on “No dear parents, don’t do that ! {IBMC 08/10}”

  1. I agree to your viewpoints. 🙂 The responsibilities lie at parents hands in the upbringing, to a great extent.

    May be this rhyme could be told to a toddler who does not understand much of language and words yet!

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