Mad race for money, competitiveness and modern standard of living has started taking its toll. From nuclear style of living to odd food timings, everything has changed. Things have gone so far that couples sometimes meet once a week on account of the fact that the husband works in the night shift and the wife in the day shift. But now this has also started affecting how babies are brought up.
Recent case of a Sting Operation (A Sting Operation is an operation designed to catch a person committing a crime by means of deception) by a house-wife on her servant (baby-sitter) showed how her baby was treated in her absence. It was shocking that the maid who was so good in front of the couple neglected the baby and even use to hit the innocent in their absence. There were footage of maid shaking the baby violently; slapping her when she did not stopped crying and even pinching her! HOW inhuman! She did not understand if the child was having pain or needed food or water. This act left the mother pondering – “Is it worth the work she is doing?” Is it worth that baby should be left on a maid who has no motherly attachment and can even cause harm to her baby? Will any third party care enough to look after the baby? Her timely food, sleep, bath and taking care of her smallest activities?
The incident is happening everywhere in India and even though many mothers have the hint but due to their monthly commitments, standard of living they turn their eyes from the MOST IMPORTANT ASPECT of their life. If Money, Career and Standard of life are so important, why do you want to have babies dammit?
There was one case in the past when the maid had a pillow on baby’s face because the baby was constantly crying and she was not able to see her favorite TV Show! The baby, thankfully was just unconscious, but could have died! These are just reported/known cases. What about hundreds which go unheard?
With the concept of Joint Family almost diminishing, working parents are left with no choice but to hire maid, baby-sitter or put them into day-crèche. I m not saying that you do not love your child but think again. Is it worth? Seeing your child do small things, grow and play with you is far more enjoyable/paying than gazing at the computer the whole day, listening to her Manager’s shout and abuses by the customer. What if your parents neglected you and left you in the hands of the maids? It’s said many happiness in life comes free and spending time with your child is one of them. Now a days there are 100s of work you can do from home. I m not saying only mothers should stay at home. I have a friend in Germany, who is house-husband. He runs a successful Internet Business while his wife works with leading PR agency. Sit with your partner and decide who can best look after the baby and spend time with him/her.
With your baby and child you can revive your childhood! With your baby you can take time off from tension-work-world and spend the most INNOCENT Life, which has no artificiality, no made-up but TRUE life. Do not sacrifice that for few 1000s of bucks. Next time you want to leave your child in hands of maid, think again – IS IT WORTH?