'I am a hands-on mother'

Strict parent

'I am a hands-on mother'

Actress Kajol, who is supporting a campaign aiming to eradicate diarrhoea by promoting the habit of washing hands among children, says that she is a strict mother and ensures that her kids lead a disciplined life.

“I think I am a hands-on mother. I am very strict and my daughter keeps telling me that I am too hard on her and I keep telling her I have to be hard because if I am not hard, she will not learn the lessons that I want her to learn. I think it is really important to be that way. It is essential to teach good habits,” said the 39-year-old actress.

Kajol married actor Ajay Devgan in 1999 and the couple are parents to two kids, Nysa and Yug. Speaking about her children, she said, “They are bubbly and talkative. They are very confident children, so far they are good. My daughter is temperamentally a lot like my husband but in some ways, she is also like me.” She added, “My son is too young so it is difficult to say whose qualities he has more — mine or my husband’s,” she added.

As a kid, Kajol said she was a brat. “I was a complete brat but an angel with my mother. I used to be perfectly behaved and my mother used to be like, ‘Really? Are you badly behaved with other people? I was like no, not at all. But the minute she would leave the room, I was a brat’,” she recalled.

Currently, she is supporting the cause of hand washing. “We have been promoting this since a year. Most of the children under the age of five are dying due to diarrhoea and pneumonia. It is heart-rending as its curable,” she said. “If through this programme, I can save the life of at least one child I think it would be fabulous,” she added.

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