NDD- The newest disorder affecting our children

Tanuja Sodhi
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NDD The newest disorder affecting our children

“I wandered lonely as a cloud That floats on high o’er vales and hills, When all at once I saw a crowd, A host, of golden daffodils; Beside the lake, beneath the trees, Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.”- William Wordsworth These lines sum up our childhood memories when gardens or open fields were an integral part of our growing up years. We would play in the mud, stare at a vibrant-hued butterfly fluttering around,or just gaze at the bountiful night sky with its myriad stars. We could actually touch, smell, see and hear everything that our teachers taught us in class. I sometimes reminisce about our picnic jaunts with loaded snack baskets, eatingwhile perched in the lap of nature after a satiating round ofsimple team games.This is what entertainment meant for us where a connect with nature was a daily dose without which life seemed unsustainable.

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| Aug 29, 2013

Really good

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| May 02, 2013

So true... the current lifestyle and scary surroundings have also confined us indoors and leaving the kids in the company of electonic media as a form of entertainment.

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| May 01, 2013

I appreciate this article and admit that it made a lot of sense to me. I remember during my childhood summer holidays going to the streams in my grandpa's farm, with my cousin, catching the fish in big bath towels, collecting the fish in glass bottles, and feeding them, further planting roses, climbing up cashew nut trees,... I cherish those days. Those days have developed an admiration in me for God's marvelous creation displayed in nature. I too had various gadgets from abroad and its addictions. It isolated me from others, and depressed me. Later it was only when I returned to Jesus, He saved me and restored me back to normal tracks of life. He brought balance to my relations; interaction with people, nature etc, thus I overcame addictions to gadgets. This is not to isolate the children completely from the gadget world. They should be exposed to necessary gadget world too, to keep them up to date of technical advancement. But parents should be a role for them and guide them to be balanced, thus save them from addictions. Sometimes these days while returning with children from school, I stop outside at garden with them and admire nature's beauty. Occasionally I take them out and spent quality time with them in gardens. Always the beautiful nature, stimulates my worship to God. Ultimately returning back to God Almighty brings us in harmony to ourselves, others and nature. In the Bible, in the letter of Paul to Romans (chapter1 verse 2) says" For since the creation of the world His (God's) invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead... " In the recent past I have observed the upbringing of some of my relatives' kids in the gadget rich home. But they lacked any link with nature, or with other relatives and friends, thus it has adversely affected their mental health. They can't even properly relate with other people. They are more skilled with chasing, plundering, looting, shooting, murdering etc on the screen. Personal interactions with siblings, friends, respect, love and care for family members have disappeared from their values. Somehow undue importance to gadgets are the in thing and mental illness too. Parents should have quality time with the children; having outings together to the lap of nature. Let's return to God and His beautiful creation, than our own creation of digital unreal world and false values.

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S Salaria

| May 01, 2013

Nice write up

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| Apr 22, 2013

Liberating, exhilarating and beautiful. Lots of fresh air and sunshine and green is a must for my child.. love the blog..

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