“Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.” –Anne Frank
To be (that parent) or not to be (that parent), that is the question! Parenting in these modern days is… confusing. Should we give our children the freedom to explore or should we do the handholding in showing the right path? Should we familiarize them with the gadgets or should we keep them away from those UV rays? Should we finally teach them to get a glass of milk on their own or is it too early?
Throwing some light on the important topic, “The Role of Parents from Care Takers to Career Makers”, our panel of Dialogue with Educationists has a wonderful conversation.
The following points have been the highlights of the discussion:
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Children are educated not by what the grown-up is and not by his talk. Geeta Varshneya, Executive Principal. Shri Ram Global School, Greater Noida, says, “Children will not learn what we tell them; children will learn from observing what we are doing. So, as a parent, you need to be careful about your own behavior. Remember, children are observing!” Stop the
Nothing could be more toxic than comparing our children to the neighbor’s child or that distant cousin. Every child is unique, we need to treat them that way. “Kids are not products. We need to stop the comparison business that we subject our children to. Education is not about marks, education is about having the ability to explore the world,” says Mrs.Sasmita Mohanty, principal, Sanjay Ghodwat International School, Mumbai.
The best way to understand our children is by entering their world and seeing things from their perspective. Like Mr. Ravi, software architect and parent has rightly said, “Their interests are the portals to know more about our children. I cannot insist enough to be involved in our children’s life. Be as involved as possible. While you are there, keep reminding yourself – I am with the children, not for the children.”
There is no such thing as slow learners
As we established earlier, every child is unique. Giving tags of slow learners, fast learners, introverts, and extroverts is not a fair game. “When a child takes some time to answer a particular question, that doesn’t mean he/she is a slow learner. It might be the opposite; that child might be intuitive and thinking beyond the conscious level to understand and answer your question. So, stop labeling the children,” says Ms. Sonal Ahuja, founder, House of Learning, who brilliantly drove the conversation as a moderator.
Being part of this discussion with such insightful personalities was a wonderful experience. Parenting cannot be explained in a couple of points; it lies in the nuances of parenting. As many say, there is no right or wrong way of parenting, just be the real one.
With that, we come to the end of this article.
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