Instigating Independence

This is in response to the ‘Weekend Writing Prompt’ by Sammi Cox. The word prompt for this week is ‘Obdurate’, and the challenge is to limit a piece of prose or poem to exactly 72 words.

Nithi was a determined kid. She wanted to paint her nails herself. She somehow reached out to the nailpolish hidden by her mother Asha on the loft that was beyond her reach.

When Asha returned after a phone call, Nithi had finished her nail painting, also spoiling her dress. She wasn’t taunted nor beaten for being obdurate.

Asha didn’t believe in punishments. She let Nithi learn and experience things on her own.

This is a tiny tale depicting the values of a supportive mother who believes that a kid, when reasonably obdurate, should be encouraged to do capable things on her own. This is to instill a sense of responsibility and independence in a child as she grows, while the mom would stay protective all along.

The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence.
– Denis Waitley

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  1. 19🌿 says:


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  2. Asha is a great mother! I love her instincts. Beautifully written, Anisha!

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    1. Anisha says:

      Indeed, she is. We should hope for more open means of parenting in the coming times. Thank you, Shweta!


  3. Arushi says:

    Well written. Most parents need this clarity. I loved the quote that you attached. Best thing i read today.

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    1. Anisha says:

      Thanks a lot, Arushi! I’m very pleased with your compliment.

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