The Best Gift Today’s Mothers Can Give their Children is Some Unmonitored “Me Time”

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The Best Gift Today’s Mothers Can Give their Children is Some Unmonitored “Me Time”

Illustration: Akshita Monga

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others are dragons, they breathe fire at everything that comes in harm’s way of their children. Because when you are fortunate enough to have put yourself through 36 hours of excruciating pain and screamed like a banshee to eject a slimy mini version of you, you want to protect the fruit of your labour from this unkind world at all costs. Especially a world that thinks Bengalis are pretentious pricks and sondesh is overrated.

You want your Mommy Report Card to have only As. Like any diligent student you read up every book and article that was written on parenting in the history of humankind. You join mommy coaching centres, pore through ancient texts to decode every gurgle, burp, and bluish-green potty emitted by your frenetic fount of joy and giver of headaches. You nourish your baby with Spirulina drops collected at 3.45 am near a pond under a tree to purge her organs of any plans they might have had of giving up in the future. By the time she is 18 months old, you have already introduced her to Maya Angelou, made her watch the documentary on the evils of capitalism, and are about to acquaint her with BODMAS.

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