Has Childhood Lost Its Charm?

What are the times you recall from your childhood? If you are reading this post, most likely you are from the generation of CRT TVs, fading radio culture and hints of portable computers. Don’t worry, we are not suggesting you’re old. While this might seem like something that took place ages ago, it didn’t.

It wasn’t long ago that we dressed our dolls in imaginative house plays, ran in circles playing kho-kho, shrieked in guilty delight at being sought from our hideout, took our cycles and raced the breeze, and backed our miniature cars to wind the motor up for a race.

It wasn’t long ago that children were free, magical and imaginatively engrossed in play. From the humble snakes and ladders, Children have now travelled to video games. And in a blink of an eye, Childhood was left behind.

When then, did childhood get a makeover?

Advent of technology

Children nowadays grow up with YouTube, Netflix and Spotify, learning to use smartphones or tablets before they are able to talk, writes Juliette Garside for The Guardian. And we believe this is incredibly positive. The writer also explains, “They may not know who Steve Jobs was or even how to tie their own shoelaces, but the average six-year-old child understands more about digital technology than a 45-year-old adult.”

Loss of innocence at an early age

What happened to bedtime stories? Kids have started to consume information in so many different ways. Children also get exposed to more information that kids were a decade ago. Ask a question, and there’s an answer available and more. Childhood is about gradual discovery. Discoveries that happen in a park when you have a fall, discoveries that happen when you’re reading a book, discovering the importance of people around you.

Limited Imagination

Earlier, information used to want to be free. Not anymore. Now information owns us. And as kids are exposed to more and more such information, imagination diminishes. Why think when there’s an answer readily available?

So if childhood loses its charm, there will be no flavor left in the adulthood resulting from it. Bright, passionate and considerate citizens aren’t made only in schools and offices. They are built on playgrounds and Legos. It’s essential to let a child play, even more than it is to make him/ her study. So make sure you are encouraging your child to run the right race instead of the rat race.

As we grew up reading Tinkle, Champak, Chacha Chaudary, collections of Amar Chitra Katha, or even Harry Potter, childhood got lost in these pages.

Summer will end like it always does. That doesn’t mean we need to do away with childhood. After all, childhood is the most beautiful of all life’s seasons.

At Rustomjee, Childhood awaits you.

Four Walls and a Home

Four walls make a house, but it’s the hearts that beat there and the memories they carry with them that make it a home. Those warm moments you share with your family, the little anecdotes that are hidden in every corner is what breathes life into those walls.

Even the most exquisitely designed house is incomplete till it goes through the journey of transforming into a home. It’s a place you long to come back to after a hard day’s work. It’s a place you carry with you.

What is it then that makes this transformation? We list down few easy steps:

Spend time at home

While the world is full of distraction, spending a few hours with the ones you love serves as a much-needed anchor and highlights those aspects of life that matter the most – love, togetherness, sharing, even those little tiffs.

Gone are the days when parents stayed aloof and maintained a distance from the children. Today, bonding with children and being friends with them goes hand in hand with being both supportive as well as disciplining them. It’s the time that children spend with their parents and siblings that create a lifetime of memories for them.

Simple actions like dinning together, playing a sport or swimming on a sunny day, snuggling into a cozy room with a board game or just singing your heart out can be effective in bridging the generation gap.

Invite happiness

The size of your house is immaterial if it has a vibe that makes everyone feel welcome there. Your home is a place where anyone can be invited without worrying much about perfection. Invite your friends and neighbours over for a meal occasionally. You could also watch a movie together.

While the four walls provide shelter, the people in the room and the positivity they create is what nourishes your soul. Share stories, laugh at jokes, and discuss topics that matter to you and the world, and your home gets a big shot of energy.

Make memories

If you’re surrounded by people and laughter, you’re busy making memories. More often than not, when you leave a house, you don’t miss it for the design or the décor. You miss it for the people who helped convert bare walls into a place to enjoy what life has to offer. We miss the laughter and the tears. We miss the people with whom those memories were made.
A lazy afternoon with your daughter at the pool, an exciting game of tennis with your son, a quiet romantic dinner with your partner or a gala evening at the clubhouse is all available at the push of an elevator button. Rustomjee thoughtfully designs houses that encourage you to spend quality time with your family by making available ‘everything in one place.’