Gentle and Conscious Parenting in the Current Age

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“Don’t treat me like a child.” Have you ever used this phrase? I know, I did.
Today I just used this phrase again after a long time, and all of a sudden, I dived into the real meaning of the phrase.
What does it mean? You don’t want to be treated the way a child is treated. So, just think about how you are really behaving/treating a child.
Every one of us has said this to our parents. Most of us weren’t treated badly, but we were just operated by your parents/elders like a robot. We were just given orders to be followed. We weren’t given our space to think or do what we wanted.
From brushing our teeth till going off to bed, we were given instructions. As we grew up, the same words irritated us a lot more. So, we defended by saying “Don’t treat me like a child.”
A child is not a robot to follow our instructions. When we can follow our heart and do what we feel, why don’t we allow our child to do so? Let them do what they want, even if you don’t really like it. Kindly do not burden you and your little one with the pressures created by social media (the new “society” of today).
I also don’t mean to say that our parents were wrong; it was their way of parenting. But, if you have gone through it, you definitely know how it feels. These are just my thoughts.
I had been practising gentle parenting with Miya. I am not perfect yet, but I’m trying to change the way I am parenting my child.
Just as every child is unique, every parent is unique too!
Random thoughts from a new-age mom,
Akshaya Nair

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