I was planning to write another post about books and reading today for Day 3 of Bar-A-Thon. Then, I thought it will lead to monotony. Therefore, I decided otherwise.
Today, I will give you 7 reasons why you should have a second child.
This topic has been widely written about and read and most of my reasons might also be stereotypes. Before proceeding ahead with my reasons, let me first share with you my learning on stereotypes – ‘You might (want to) move away from stereotypes but stereotypes are always here to stay.’
The 7 reasons for all-seasons are –
1. Mom-in-law told you so.
You must behave like a sanskaari, dutiful daughter-in-law and following her holy footsteps you must also respect and honour elder’s wishes, instructions, orders etc.
2. A child with no sibling will suffer from loneliness.
Think about your child whose onlyness will result in loneliness. His development will be thwarted without the constant stimulation provided by the sibling. He will turn out to be anti-social, an outcast, too full of himself or, all hell letting loose, he might turn to books and not recover ever.
3. External peer pressure.
Your friends and neighbours have 2 kids and they take upon themselves the social work of convincing you at every available opportunity – How life will be more fun with 2 kids under the same roof? Your roof? Not just any 2 kids but your own 2 kids? You can then graduate to play the role of a mother very well after getting relieved from the duties of being the companion and friend and co-player which you are presently with your only child.
4. Internal pressure.
You can only deal with that by having a second child. Rejoice, there is a solution for everything.
5. Belief in government policies. Old policies are gold policies.
So what if the country has progressed forward from the government’s slogan of ‘Hum do hamare do’, a slogan of the 80s and 90s but how can we forget something we heard constantly for 20 years and also you must follow your parents (assuming you have 1 sibling) who had tremendous belief in the government policies of those times and took the government’s word as final in every sense. And slogans, too, of course.
6. Conditions like medical issues don’t exist, at all
In this age, where there are number of Babas or a Jyotishi (fortune tellers) sitting in your neighbourhood or beaming on TV channels, remedy for any complication or issue, medical or marital, is precisely a upaay (remedy) away. Just spend some money, some dakshina (token), some time and energy in pooja-paath, yagya-anushthaan, tona-totaka and get cured of your medical issues. Don’t tell me you don’t believe in these outdated practices.
7. Go through the above 6 points again.
Well, I could not think of the 7th silly reason.
Yes, all the above reasons are sillier than silly and unconvincing. If you ask me why will I never have a second child, my answer will be – In the name of equality and liberty and righteousness, I will have to start a new blog dedicated to the second child in addition to this one and that will amount to too much of work for a laid back person like me.
Linking this post to Day 3 of second edition of Bar-A-Thon on the theme ‘Seven’
Here are my other posts for Bar-A-Thon 2017