Now my kiddo had entered primary school. He was learning new new things – formally from his school and informally from his friends. That day he had learnt new thing from his friends was eating chewing gums. Now he was insisting on buying a packet of chewing gums. He knew that I didn’t approve of eating chewing gums. So he smartly approached his father and demanded chewing gums.
My husband also didn’t much approve of chewing gums. But he also knew that banning it completely would not help. So he got a packet of chewing gums and insisted on eating it under his supervision. Our son had never eaten chewing gum till then. My son was more than glad in complying with his Daddy’s directions.
Now the next challenge was how to stop him from getting into this habit?? Now our son was a big boy and would not yield to our wishes unless he would be convinced about it. If we would have tried to convince him he would have felt that since both of us hate chewing gums we are simply trying to keep him away from it. We wanted some impartial judge. And here came our ally. The Internet!!
You will find information about anything you want. You need to just word your search phrase appropriately. After our son had his first chewing gum my husband gave search on the Internet “Disadvantages of eating chewing gums” Of course internet provided lots of information on disadvantages ranging from tooth decay to kidney problems to cancer. My son read these articles. He also found out that the chewing gums may contain controversial ingredients like Butylated Hydroxytoluene, Titanium Dioxide, Aspartame which if consumed in excess quantities may lead to cancer, metabolic disorders, head aches. Immediately he checked his own packet. He found one of such controlversial ingredients in his chewing gum. He immediately threw his remaining packet in dustbin. We were relieved by this action.
My husband and myself proceeded for doing night time chores and our son continued browsing internet. After some time he called both us. He told his father, “Daddy, these days you use too much of WhatsApp”
During that period my husband was working as coordinator and was using WhatsApp to a great extent for this coordination job.
Husband: Of course, I need to use it for work.
Son: But it is not good for you at all
My son had googled on “Side effects of using WhatsApp” and he was showing some article where the author had mentioned extreme consequences of using WhatsApp. The author had mentioned that one may lose the eyesight by excessive use of WhatsApp!! I burst into laughing. My husband’s face was worth watching. My kiddo was looking at both of us with a big question mark on his face. He was unable to understand why the elders were not taking such dire consequences seriously.
Afterall what you sow comes back to you!!