Raising kids is not easy. Besides ensuring their growth in a physical sense, it is extremely tricky to acquire and implement skills to make sure your kid is raised correctly in a social sense. It is here that parenting becomes not only a duty but a moral responsibility.
In today’s day and age, with so much going wrong in the world, don’t you feel it requires better management dexterity? Besides, catching up with the ongoing modernity has become about how to train your kid to balance that with existing morals, isn’t it?
This parental dilemma is very common and also understandable. The pressure to teach your kid the right kind of values and impart on them the correct knowledge is shared by the entire parental community across the globe.
But again, the ‘ugh’ moment arises when you raise the question – What is this correct knowledge or right values? Well, we shall explore below
Amidst so much negativity because of violence due to various reasons, it isn’t unnatural to be frustrated as a parent, as keeping your kid away from these social evils isn’t a cakewalk. In fact, it sucks the life out of you contemplating how to do it.
However, it’s a workable task at the end of the day. And the process has to begin right from her/his kindergarten days.
Let us look at how we can ensure our kids learn the right kind of values to make them global citizens.
1. The environment you choose for them to grow up in must be genderless. The toys you buy them must not stick to stereotypes. For all you know, they know their choices better than you. Let them embrace whatever identity they choose to embrace.
2. It must also be inclusive and mutual. Teach your kid the meaning of human value. The world might be divided into numerous fragments, but it is only when a citizen is taught to respect and admire every culture does she or he go on to become an ideal citizen.
3. Teach your kid not to discriminate his/her peers based on colour or language. Correct her or him as soon as you see signs of such behaviour in them.
4. It wouldn’t hurt turning your outings into short educational trips. Make it a point to teach her or him about cleanliness and sanity not just when they’re home, but also when they’re out. Remind them to throw their trash only in the bins and not around.
5. Encourage them to question what is beyond given. Don’t let them be normative or complacent. Push them to challenge what they feel is wrong and teach them to stand against it. After all, children have a clearer conscience and you can’t agree to disagree.
6. Make sure they learn in a democratic environment, where they learn to patiently listen to others as much as they speak. It is very important for them to be in a harmonious environment to endorse this further.
As it is rightly said, their home is their first school even before they begin formal education. A lot of what they perpetrate comes with what they see at home, so why not be a little careful with the job?!