It is not easy being a parent these days. Especially those who live in cities and big towns, and both parents hold full time jobs to support their families. How can you ensure that your kid is getting the best education, now and in the future? How do you plan your family meals so that your children consume nutritious foods and not just some fast-food junk as per their natural desires? What about the stuff that they pick up in school, as well as over-information/ easy access to the Internet and various media? If you molly coddle your kids too much, they might turn out too rebellious come their teen years. If you give them too much freedom, there is a possibility that they could end up playing network games in cyber cafes all day and night long.

I do not have kids, but I am rather involved in the upbringing of my nephew, as we live in the same house. Just the other day, my sister told me that we should begin teaching my 2-year old nephew the difference between ‘boy thing’ and ‘girl thing’. A friend of hers, a homosexual had opened up and told my sister of his childhood — that part of the reason he is effeminate and a homosexual was because he grew up under the care of his single mother, and had used to play with his mother’s dresses and cosmetics and such, without his mother’s restrictions. My sister is not a single mother, but her husband works long hours, and I am a female living in the house, and my mother is staying with us for long periods of time helping to take care of him… So my nephew picks up a lot of the things that we do — primping ourselves in the mirror, wearing high heels…

I personally do not believe that there is anything wrong with being a homosexual. But it is interesting to note how in some cases, homosexuality can be stemmed from young, not picked up by parents because they think it’s funny to see their young kid trying on their high heels, or picking up the brush to apply some blusher, just like mama. But I guess as a parent, it is always one’s hopes to see your kid have their own families in the traditional, conventional sense, especially in Asia. The same goes for other things — if your kid is fascinated with knives and spend hours reading about them (or play with them without your knowledge), he or she could end up being the best brain surgeon in the world, or Josef Mengele.

A rather grim note to end, but how are you, as a parent, coping with the responsibilities shouldered upon you, in this increasingly demanding world?