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Humor, Parenting

Do you like to ‘Floss’? :)

No – not the dental floss…but the dance ‘floss’… πŸ™‚ If you are mother/parent to a a child who is 10 years old and up, chances are, you already know what I am talking about… πŸ™‚ and have already practiced the moves and may even have perfected it… πŸ™‚

If you have no idea what I am talking about, read on… ‘Floss’ is the latest dance that involves moving the hips and arms in opposite directions and one has to do it repetitively. It seems to be pretty viral, since kids around me are continuously flossing all the time! πŸ™‚


Where else can we see the ‘floss’?

Girls, boys – the ‘floss’ does not seem to be partial to any particular gender – they are all twirling away!! In addition to the kids constantly flossing around me, if you live in India – I am sure you have seen the Swiggy advertisement and the mom learning to floss through a dance video!

In addition, if you have watched the latest Indian movie ‘2.0’ – the Rajini starrer, the superstar flosses like a true and thorough professional!!:)

Parents, siblings and ‘flossing’!!Β  πŸ™‚

If kids are constantly shaking their hips and hands, can the rest of the family be far behind? πŸ™‚ I thought this was a trend only in India with kids teaching their parents and siblings to floss, but I think it is a trend that is going all over the world. Either the parents are interested in learning to “floss” or the kids are eager to teach them…. either way, it looks like we are all twisting and twirling with the happy experience!! πŸ™‚

I admit I was stunned to see the number of videos “teaching parents how to floss” and how most of the time, “parents don’t get it”!! πŸ™‚ Children hold their parents arms, raise it up and say “go up like this” and move the arms in the opposite direction and say “go down like this” !! πŸ™‚ They give more directions on the movement of hips and finally the children walk away with a sigh and say “I think you are doing it all the wrong” or “You need to do it a bit slow”!! πŸ™‚ (Karma coming back at us?! :)) or even better “she is not getting it!!” πŸ™‚

While we as parents are still trying to master the fine art of shaking the hips and arms… the almost teen in my house shakes herself away wondering why we take so much time to master it!Β  In the mean time, I wonder what the next fad will be and “how” or “if” I will master it!

So, what has your experience been? Have you learnt to floss successfully or is it embarrassing for your kids?! πŸ™‚




Release the pressure?

It is the month of March in India. Parents and students are studying more than ever. TV time is cut, after school play is cut, after school activities are cut and it is time to cram with the books.

The final exams for most grades are here and the 10th and 12th grade students and parents are under more pressure than others! Why is it this way?Β Β This is because this is considered to be the turning point in their young lives. The 12th grade scores are supposed to be the stepping stone to getting admission to good colleges –Β  which in turn will ensure that they get placed in good organizations too four years down the line (taking a engineering degree as an example)

But even as I see a number of campaigns telling us, parents, to ‘Release the pressure’ and not stress the students that much(and quotes such as ‘Marks is not everything’) – is it really possible in India? Here are my thoughts on why it is not possible:


  1. India has a huge population and along with it comes competition. Only when you are in India, do you realize how stiff the competition can be. Each and every student is brilliant and each and every student will motivate the other student to study even better. This definitely puts pressure on the students to study harder and slog more!
  2. Most organizations that the students will eventually work for will ask for ’10th grade mark sheets, 12th grade mark sheets, degree mark sheets'(why? I wonder – is it not enough just asking for degree mark sheets)
  3. Most of the parents themselves(like many in my generation) are in good positions today just because of studying and getting good marks in all our board exams and colleges. So, this in turn puts pressure on the students of today – they have to do as their parents did or better them in academics and career!

With the points mentioned, is it really possible to ‘Release the pressure?’ 😦 The only way that I think the pressure can be reduced is if :

  1. I think most colleges do not ask for 12th grade mark sheets – but it is better if all the colleges only rely on entrance exams to select candidates for their programs
  2. Organizations not asking for 10th and 12th grade mark sheets when inducting new candidates into their organizations.

Until the colleges and organizations stop asking for 10th and 12th grade mark sheets and we as individuals and families stop making a big deal of marks and grades, the pressure will not be released!