Around five years back, my growing up started getting curious about his surroundings. While scrolling down through the local park, he constantly chirps in “Mom what the name of this big plant is? “ “Momy look at this amazing red flower, what’s the name? All I could mutter for ten questions- “Sorry! I don’t know 🤷♀️. After a few minutes, his patience silently stood a few meters apart from him, and he asks – “Moma what do you know? “ “Not much “- I confessed. “ My knowledge about Australian native flora is almost nothing. But yes, I am at least good with Indian plants. So why don’t you teach me little about Australian kinds of stuff and I exchange my knowledge of Indian nature .”- I proposed the plan in front of him. He quickly reached to the conclusion- “why not mommy “. Since then, he never asked me what’s the name of the plant or flower; instead, he explains to me about tress and plant, while we go together for a walk.
Recently, after reading my article, one of my close friends thought to let her daughter read that write-up. However, these writing pieces were full of medical terminologies and serious topics. Therefore, I decided to write something for kids around nine years old. Oh no! I can’t think of a suitable topic for them!
These creative kids are no longer babies who can laugh from the likes of the beautiful story of the starving caterpillar by Eric Carle. Oops! Sorry for the wrong title! It was not very famished or starving; it was the very hungry caterpillar.
They are also not looking for stories which scare them in their childhood. Remember how the interesting Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson can help kids’ imagination to float on paper? Then I thought – will children be happy with the story of the famous Robin Hood? Oh, no! the children declined my proposal because Robin Hood’s attire is not impressive anymore. Wearing such an outfit these days is hard. So, I decided to look for a story from my library. I think this time I am lucky and grab the famous Harry Potter book by J.K.Rowling. I was sure children couldn’t say no to this book, but I was wrong again; the children had read this book several times before. Oh no! how come kids are so smart? I read it when I was in college. That’s another story I never liked reading so much, and I was often scolded by my parents for not reading books. How could I ever reveal the reason for getting scolded to my children?
Lastly, I tried to look for some real-life inspiring character. However, children seemed not ready to absorb so many facts as they are still kids. These kids are so confusing; sometimes they act so smart, and sometimes they behave just like their baby brothers/sisters.
Therefore, I gave up and started writing again for mums and dads.