Originally posted by Chitrashi
I agree that the kids ought not to be asked to behave like brats, but then they should not be asked to be on their best behavior either - which is what Mona did. So far I've not seen the two younger kids do anything that a child their age wouldn't do.
It is perfectly normal for a 5 yr old to request assistance with his bottoms. Such young children need adult supervision even if they are toilet trained.
Rano asking for paper and getting confused, or playing with her food is again a completely normal behavior for a 8 yr old. The girl has just had a fight in school, she's been thrown out of school and instead of being reassured and comforted she's being treated as a burden and a nuisance. Of course the child will get into behavior that attracts attention to herself.
Where the eldest girl is concerned - she's supposedly 10. Old enough to know and understand what is happening. Is it unreasonable to expect this child to be spiteful? She is going to retaliate at the person she sees as responsible for the breakup of her secure home environment.
Usually, children from broken homes are far more confused and bratty than the Singh children. Mostly, they are either totally introverted and withdraw from all social contact or they are obstinate and demanding and complete brats.
I don't think the MIL wants to drive away Anushka by asking the kids to forget their mother's instructions. She prolly just wants Anushka to realize the difference between between a full time mother and a visitor who spends 5 minutes with the kids out of an hour long visit.
I agree the kids shouldn't go out of their way to be on their best behavior either. It's natural to harbor animosity towards a parent's girlfriend/boyfriend. However, they are going out of their way to be brats, and that's not right either.
It's possible that some five year old children need assistance to go the bathroom. However, the boy could have also gone to Pradeep. Peeing on the kitchen floor is utterly disgusting.
Rano deliberately played with her food when Anushka was on the phone and to pester her. It was fairly obvious. But that's just childish behavior and I wasn't even that bothered by it as a viewer. However, taking Anushka's documents and drawing over them or making planes out of them is unacceptable.
If anything, they need to be pestering Pradeep instead of, or at least in addition to, Anushka. After all, it was Pradeep who rarely appreciated Mona's dedication towards his children. He's their father and it makes more sense for him to own up the responsibility of taking care of the children than Anushka (a woman who has no experience with kids). But instead the show is making fun of Anushka's lack of capability and why? Because she's a woman.