My cousin M dropped by the other day with her baby who is seven months old. Naturally the talk turned to the arduous task of raising children and how the burden is always on the poor mother. Leading the discussion was Mrs. Shenoy.
I was what you might call a passive participant owing to the fact that I have little domain knowledge. How little? Well, here's a questionnaire
1. It is three am. Your baby suddenly starts crying at the top of its voice. You
a. Check if the baby needs a diaper change
b. See if the baby needs to be burped
c. Take the baby to your pediatrician
d. Go sleep in the next room
2. Your baby has just turned seven months. You can expect it to
a. Sit up on its own
b. Continue sitting on its own if you helped it sit first
c. Crawl on all fours
d. Change its own diapers
3. Breast milk is good for the baby because
a. Breast milk has the optimum nutrients
b. Breast milk gives the baby immunity against many illnesses
c. Feeding the baby breast milk bonds the baby to the mother
d. The father is not involved its preparation and supply
My honest answers in all cases would be d,d and d.
Of course, I know better than to say that. Like heretics in the time of the Inquisition, one keeps one's opinions to oneself.
As I was saying, I was a passive participant owing to my vast wisdom when it comes to whether or not I should provide evidence of my ignorance. And the talk turned to how best to discipline children, and from what age.
Sheela: I strongly believe in the Least Reinforcing Scenario
Cousin: What's that?
Sheela: When the child does something it shouldn't, you just ignore it
Cousin: That works?
Sheela: Every single time.
Cousin: And how soon can I start doing this for my baby?
Sheela: No time like the present!
Cousin: But he's just seven months old
Sheela: All the better to mould him.
Sheela: Works great on husbands too. Infact, that's where I perfected the technique in the
first place. Ha ha!
Cousin: Ha ha!
Me: Hey! When I do something stupid, you yell at me!
I disappear, amidst laughter which, if I may say so, was in very bad taste!