Dear friends, Had been to my kids school to pay the fees and join them on the first day of school two days back. I met this lady X, who has come back from US,has got admission for her daughter in 6th. and she was so tensed, and started talking to me, when she knew i have a 7th and 10th studying kids. I really felt bad for the lady. she was not prepared for the returning but had to come back for personal reasons (i did not ask more..) only advantage was having her in-laws settled near the school. she was tensed for the following reasons,coming from us. the second language problem, she opted for french, which my kids' school teaches from basics from 6th standard. when i told her that she was relieved. but what if the child was to get admission in the 2nd or 4th standard, apart from the international school, and schools that follow IB (and are expensive) do not have the option of choosing any other language apart from hindi/state language. in that case, i would suggest, that you better teach your kids the basic alphabets and some lessons. these days you have so much online resources apart from the wonderful interactive CD's available. the peer pressure and the competition: The peer pressure in the kids in india is the same as that of the other countries, except the competition that is found here adds a new dimension to the pressure. if the parents are understanding accommodating and do not want their kids to become achievers the moment they return, things will fall into place. The environment : with pollutions, current cuts, and water shortages and lack of cleanliness are the first things that the kids are going to complain. as parents it is our duty to explain what to expect, even before coming back. when the kids learn to understand what to expect, then all these go into the back burner. Even though we may/maynot r2i, it is always better to talk about india. and during the vacation, take them out to places that speak of what real india is, at least for a day /two. i have a friend who feels that talking about the country, almost makes her kids hysterical, i wonder if it is because of her attitude.. well these are my thoughts..well what do you think.