Recently, CRY launched the Joy of Five campaign across the country to ensure children in the age group of 2-5 years have access to their basic rights and get a fair chance at a happy and healthy childhood. Ever since I was a child myself, I have felt a strong association with CRY – Child Rights and You, and it only grew stronger as I became a mother and began to see childhood under a new light.
Did you know that In India, millions of children do not celebrate their fifth birthday as they are deprived of these basic rights in early childhood? The statistics are shocking and sad.
The Joy of Five campaign aims to attend to an extremely important issue the country faces. According to the information shared by CRY on the Joy of Five Campaign:
The first five years are a crucial period in a child’s life. The years lay foundation for the growth of children into healthy and productive adults. It marks a crucial phase for a child, as 80% of the brain development takes place in this age. An emphasis on proper and effective nutrition, health care and education in this age is not only important but necessary. Lack of the same can lead to cumulative growth and development deficits largely irreversible in nature.
CRY stands for a better childhood for the kids who do not have access to basic amenities, and for the past 30 years they have done some outstanding work in the field, the Joy of Five campaign being the most recent example. In this parenting blog post, I pledge my support to the Joy of Five Campaign by CRY, and I hope that I will be able to continue to be a part of such drives that ensure that the future of not only our country, but our entire race, is in healthy, safe and strong hands.
I also urge you to join the Joy of Five campaign in any way you can – by donating, by spreading awareness or lending a helping hand by volunteering. One of my little contributions for the Joy of Five campaign is this article, which celebrates my daughter who is in the 2 to 5 years bracket – at which the Joy of Five campaign is aimed.
I have written a lot about Gauri, my 3-year-old girl, on this blog, on Huffington Post, and a lot of other places – and all the articles about her have been super hit with my darling readers. The Toddler Quote – Unquote article is still one of my top performing parenting articles ever! So this time, for the Joy of Five campaign, I decided to tell you more about my super girl.
Five Words That Describe My Daughter: For the Joy Of Five campaign
One of the best thing about Gauri is that at just 3 years of age, she is completely tuned in to the feelings of those around her – humans or animals, even toys and book! She is a kind human being and I couldn’t be prouder.
She imagines things and then tries to draw them. She combines 3 different stories to make her own story that is often great to hear and always hilarious. She mixes colors to see what is the result, and uses this new found knowledge in her next projects. She makes her own games, with her own set of rules and everything!
Like all kids her age, Gauri is very curious about everything around her. She asks non-stop questions which sometimes (okay, most of the times) make us want to pull our hair out, but we try to keep up and answer as sincerely as we can. Existential questions like ‘How can I become a purple dinosaurs?’ to the heavy-duty questions like ‘Why is Red color red in color?’. And it is fun! She also has lengthy conversations with Siri on the iPad and with Google on the husband’s or my phone, asking questions like ‘Hey Siri, can you make it rain today? No? Who can make it rain?’
4. Strong Willed & Confident
I know, I know. Strong willed kids are a bit tough to bring up, but I am sure that it is a god thing in the long – loooong – run. AMIRIGHT? Gauri is extremely strong-willed, almost bordering on stubborn at times, and we are trying to teach her the difference between the two. She will only eat carrots and will not touch greens or grains easily and we have to put in a lot of brain and some scaring tactics to make her finish her food, but it’s okay. I love the fact – albeit grudgingly sometimes because it become hard for us parents – that she doesn’t give up! A strong-willed kid is assurance that he or she will grow up to be a determined and hard-working adult.
That’s simply the best part, really! She is loving and goes out of her way to make us feel loved. From waking up in the morning with a I Love You Mumma!*yawn* to randomly coming up to her dad and asking if she can give him 10 kisses, and from declaring that she misses her grand parent ‘toooooo much, all day everydayyyy!‘ – she knows how to express love as well. Which is quite a pleasant thing to witness.
My daughter is much more than these things, but all five of these words that I picked for her, make me want to try my best that kids under 6 years of age, are able to be the same and more! This is where the Joy of Five campaign comes in. Gauri has a lot of growing up to do. Things will change, and I hope they change for the better and that my little munchkin retains all her qualities as she grows up.
And I hope that the Joy of Five campaign by CRY is able to make a difference in the lives of a lot of kids her age, because they deserve all this and more! For more information on the Joy of Five campaign, please visit CRY website.
I hope you enjoyed this post, and I sincerely hope that like me, you will also try to contribute in some way or another to the Joy of Five campaign. Remember, every little bit counts!