Parental blues

Each child is an asset for parents. Moreover, they are engines of societal and national reforms. The way we guide, educate and the environment in which children are brought up shape the mindset and the future of our children. No doubt, parents are the first teachers of their children. Nowadays, however, parents seem to be least bothered about teaching courtesy, responsibility and good attitude to their children. Parents regard a school as the only a way to correct their wards and instill knowledge in their children needed for the future. So there are problems with parents too, not only schools.

First, parents are not supportive enough to their children’s school. They are not in regular touch with the school and its activity. Parents view that dropping their children at the school’s gate is their sole parental duty. Very few parents bother to show up in teachers-parents meeting.

Second, parents love their children too much. Children are distanced from all sorts of difficulties and scarcity by parents thinking that their children were not born to experience the bitter part of life. But parents don’t know that such practices stop children from getting better insight into family, life and the world. Similarly, it discourages children from being industrious and independent too.

Third, during birthdays a great deal of money is squandered but parents fail to teach their children the importance of saving for rainy days or donate certain amounts to the needy like old age homes, orphanage homes or remote schools of Nepal.

Linking children to a needy community allows them to think beyond self and promotes emotional and charitable skills. More freedom is given to children but less attention is paid to teach children their duties and responsibilities.

Naturally, children always try to stray off their duties. They need to be constantly reminded and a close guidance to stick them to their duties. If the parents on the one hand and the schools on the other hand guide children, the future of the children will be bright.  A good parent balances love, care, necessities, freedom and duty to their children.

Also, parents should not forget to teach their children to cope with minimum resources. Minimized resources equip children with problem solving skills, patience and practical values of life.  Abram Lincoln would not have become the President of America had he not felt how poverty was.