Modern Parenting of Youngsters- a Slowed Down Approach Towards Parenting
The complexities of modernity and the stiff competitive spirit that burdens the children of today as soon as they take centre stage are something to ponder about. These kids have taken flight in a highly dynamic world and are changing far too swiftly, challenging the cosy comfort zones of the best of us.
How do we find space in such an environment to nurture these youngsters while maintaining a keen balance in their intellectual and emotional well being is a challenge for even the most seasoned parents and academicians.
The need to slow down our paced up lives in the formative years is a gift that would take our kids a long way. How would it help when the world is pacing ahead is a question that would interest all parents.
Learning too much too soon is something that is overwhelming for the developing neurons to process. It leads to an overload of stimuli and retards the brain’s natural/innate instinct to think and process.
If we can focus on making our children emotionally sound. Also, Socially sound by making them interact in a non-materialistic manner with their peers, they would be able to stay grounded and focus on their innate potential.
The fundamental lack of empathy in modernity stems from the digitized boundaries we create around us. We have so many friends on social media, but we barely count a few people who are there for us when we are upset. Similarly, kids are on a digital high, but when in distress, they turn out to be the most lonesome and challenged youngsters.
Slow down, take a walk in the middle of lush green forests/parks. Let them sit and watch the clouds glide gracefully, let them soak in the sounds of silence in nature. Let them take that extra time to count the stars and tweak their eyes to enjoy the visuals of the splendid night sky. Let them enjoy the earthy smells of monsoon and feel the freshness of the first drizzle!
Take a few hours off mobile phones to look into those brilliant eyes that haven’t gotten eye contact of busy parents to fulfil their hearts. Teach them empathy, teach them to love, to make friends, to respect, to understand inclusiveness when they are young.
I say all this, from my favourite line- “The way the twig is bent determines the way the tree will grow.”
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