Children and Nepal is quite a disappointing topic. There is discrimination among genders. Cruel treatment of kids is also not rear. Children are mostly taken seriously. This is a problem waiting to be solved.
Some parents and adults think it quite all right to spank or beat children when they make mistakes. I think this is the most disgusting and lowly method to punish. Hands should only be used as a last resort, if used at all. There are better ways, these include discussions of any kind or sort. You can also give strong warnings and “one last chance.” Parents have to try and understand that the kid did not make the mistake deliberately to cause his/her parents trouble. Neither the parent nor the kid should feel as though the entire world is resting on his/her shoulders. The right thing to do is calm down and think over whatever has happened with a cool attitude. Adults should remember that the punishment matter is trivial what counts is that the kid walks away with the right idea after making a mistake.
Another thing in the treatment of children is difference between genders. In some rural places, the object of being a parent is to produce at least one son. Daughters are of no value there. In today’s world there is nothing a male can do that a female cannot, so creating unnecessary and unneeded difference between the two genders is horrible and should not be done.
I have observed in many Nepali families, the children of the house are told to hush up in front of guests. This is completely wrong, kids should be encouraged to speak their mind and think freely. This way they will learn to enter the world as leaders and great people and make a difference. Kids cannot be shoved down by adults because they are the adults of tomorrow so their childhood should be teeming with lessons and values for the time to come.
There is nothing in the world that makes me more mad than, “Daughters should speak and laugh quietly and do dishes and etc. etc. etc.” I have seen houses where all women do is cook, clean, and say namaste to guests at get-togethers. In my family it is just my parents my sister and I. When I was recently in Nepal, we got a lot of, “Oh! Two daughters? You’ll need a son of course.” This is one of the main hitches that stops Nepal from coming neck to neck with other countries.
In conclusion, I believe that children of all ages and genders should be treated the same way as adults. This is the key ingredient to moving forward as people. They are the kids of today but the responsible adults of tomorrow. Children are on a path to adulthood and the many obstacles in this path should be able to teach them to live life successfully, honestly, and happily as an adult.