Essay on Childhood - 1
Ah! When I was a child the world seemed to be a place of joy and happiness to me. There was nothing worth worrying about. Whenever I cried somebody picked me up. When I did not like to sit alone, I was always in somebody’s army. I was not born in a rich family. So my mother always looked-after me. I was not kept under the care of a hired nurse.
My School, My Friends and Teachers:
When I was six years old I was sent to a small but nice school. Soon I made friends with tow or three boys. Even now I clearly remember faces of my school friends and teachers.
When I was young I did not like my school teacher because sometimes he used to beat me. It is good that the system of beating (punishment) is abolished now. We had to go to school early in the morning. In the beginning like most boys, I was unwilling to get up early in the morning and go to school. But as I grow interested in my studies I enjoyed going to school.
My Mischief, Excursion and late coming:
In the afternoon, we played all sorts of games and pranks in the street. I was very mischievous when I was young. When I saw a man passing on the way, sometimes I would pull down his turban and run away. Sometimes when I found a bullock cat waiting on the way and the cartman gone away for a while on business, I would ride the cart and drive the bullocks to some distance and disappear. On his return, the cartman was puzzled when he did not find his cart. But this made us roar with laughter. The cartman would run after us but we would disappear through small lanes.
When I was ten years old, I had gone with some boys to a neighboring village on pool. I did not inform my parents. We could not return till it was very dark. My parents were very anxious. They searched for me everywhere, but I could not be found. At last, when they saw me coming back late at night, my father jumped at me. He held me firmly by my arm. When he was about to beat me, my mother came forward to save me. I was let off with a strong scolding. A father, though gentle is often strict, but a mother is always tender to her children. My mother always saved me from the anger of my father. Thus I liked my mother more than I liked my father.
The Beginning of worries and anxieties:
As I grew in age, worries about my studies and small worldly matters came upon me. By now I have been in a higher secondary school. I would prepare myself for the higher secondary examination. As a young boy of fifteen I was expected to help my father in the work of shopping and in buying vegetables in the morning.
Childhood is free from cares. There are no duties and responsibilities on the shoulders of a child. A child eats drinks, sleeps and plays. When he eats a piece of bread, he does not think from where it comes. His father alone knows that. Even when someone dies in the family, a child is not touched. As child lives in a bliss of ignorance and innocence. Really as Wordsworth says: “Heaven lies about us in our fancy”. The memory of those good days makes me happy.
Essay on Childhood - 2
Man has to pass through many stages of life, since he is born until he dies. He passes through infancy, childhood, boyhood, youth, middle age and old age. Childhood continues from the 6th to the 12th year of age. Boyhood continues from the 12th to the 19th year of age. Youth lasts from the 20th to 35th year of age. Middle age lasts from the 36th to the 55th year of age. Old age continues from 56th year until death. Of all the stages of life childhood is the most important. Because it is the formative period of life. It is also the first conscious stage of life.
Important of childhood:
Childhood is the formative period of life. Human character takes its shape in childhood. Man gets deep and lasting impressions in his childhood. Because at this stage men's mind is soft, receptive and plastic. It is just like the potter's clay. So human character should be properly shaped in childhood.
What should be done in childhood:
Childhood is one of the growing stage in man's life. The human beings grow up to 24th year of age. So, the health of the child should be properly looked after. He should be given balance diet. He should be encouraged to from healthy habits like early rising. He should be taught to be neat and clean, to do exercise regularly, to eat, sleep, read and play at habits. He should be kept happy and cheerful. All these will help him to grow healthy in body and mind. Proper and appropriate food should be provided to the child's mind. He should be given the most carefully chosen books to read. he should be given children's magazines. He should be given interesting and instructive pictures. At this stage, records should be kept of the child's inclination, aptitude, knack, mood, temperament, interest, abilities and his latent qualities. On the basis of these records, the future of the child should be planned. The child should be trained on the basis of this plan.
Care of parents and teachers:
In the modern system of society and education in India, nobody takes the responsibility of the child's welfare. The parents think that it is a responsibility of the teachers, because the child stays in the school for six hours a day. The teachers think that it is the responsibility of the parents, because the children belong to their parents, and in future the children will come to any use only to their parents and families. But in the interest of society, nation, country and above all mankind all have responsibility for the welfare of the children.
It is the foremost duty of the Government to see to the welfare of the children. But in India we find that a lot of children in schools are dying by food-poisoning in the Government Mid-day meal system. The school buildings are defectively constructed. So the buildings breakdown and many children die underneath. the milk-powder that comes to Panchayats and Block offices is said to be put to black-marketing. Government should look to all these affairs. Childhood is the most important period in a men's life. So, the Government should take utmost care of it.