An article published on this site entitled Ethical lines blur as organisations pay to speak at a conference on childbirth in Mumbai on February 7 mistakenly connected the difficulty of raising money for medical conferences independently of the pressures of sponsorship, with a non-medical conference at which sponsors/speakers had no control over the programme, content or direction of the event. The article focused on a conference in Mumbai organized by the international network Human Rights in Childbirth (HRiC) along with Birth India, a non-governmental organisation that promotes evidence-based benefits and best practices for childbirth in the country.
We have written about the significance of their work extensively before and we did not, in any way, want to single them out or to imply, that any sponsors had paid to speak at the event. HRiC has clarified that no speaker paid for the privilege of speaking at the event, registration fees were waived for all journalists, speakers, volunteers and TISS personnel, that waivers/reductions were handed out to several on the basis of hardship and access to the dinner was automatically included with registration. HRiC also confirmed that potential sponsors were strictly vetted, and many rejected for conflict of interest reasons, and that sponsors were never offered the opportunity to place speakers in the program. In the light of these facts the editorial team believes that we should withdraw the article. We apologise to HRiC.
As our parents grow older, our ‘adulting’ skills are tested like never before.
From answering every homework question to killing every monster under the bed, from soothing every wound with care to crushing anxiety by just the sound of their voice - parents understandably seemed like invincible, know-it-all superheroes all our childhood. It’s no wonder then that reality hits all of a sudden, the first time a parent falls and suffers a slip disc, or wears a thick pair of spectacles to read a restaurant menu - our parents are growing old, and older. It’s a slow process as our parents turn from superheroes to...human.
And just as slow to evolve are the dynamics of our relationship with them. Once upon a time, a peck on the cheek was a frequent ritual. As were handmade birthday cards every year from the artistically inclined, or declaring parents as ‘My Hero’ in school essays. Every parent-child duo could boast of an affectionate ritual - movie nights, cooking Sundays, reading favourite books together etc. The changed dynamic is indeed the most visible in the way we express our affection.
The affection is now expressed in more mature, more subtle ways - ways that mimics that of our own parents’ a lot. When did we start parenting our parents? Was it the first time we offered to foot the electricity bill, or drove them to the doctor, or dragged them along on a much-needed morning walk? Little did we know those innocent acts were but a start of a gradual role reversal.
In adulthood, children’s affection for their parents takes on a sense of responsibility. It includes everything from teaching them how to use smartphones effectively and contributing to family finances to tracking doctor’s appointments and ensuring medicine compliance. Worry and concern, though evidence of love, tend to largely replace old-fashioned patterns of affection between parents and children as the latter grow up.
It’s something that can be easily rectified, though. Start at the simplest - the old-fashioned peck on the cheek. When was the last time you gave your mom or dad a peck on the cheek like a spontaneous five-year-old - for no reason at all? Young parents can take their own children’s behaviour available as inspiration.
As young parents come to understand the responsibilities associated with caring for their parents, they also come to realise that they wouldn’t want their children to go through the same challenges. Creating a safe and secure environment for your family can help you strike a balance between the loving child in you and the caring, responsible adult that you are. A good life insurance plan can help families deal with unforeseen health crises by providing protection against financial loss. Having assurance of a measure of financial security for family can help ease financial tensions considerably, leaving you to focus on being a caring, affectionate child. Moreover,you can eliminate some of the worry for your children when they grow up – as the video below shows.
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