My Secret to Raising a Happy, Loving and Confident Child

My Secret to Raising a Happy, Loving and Confident Child

On 14th May 2016, I gave birth to a lovely child whom we named Shriti. Taking her in my arms for the first time, I was awestruck by her innocence. I believe this is experienced by every mother. As parents, we are always concerned about our children’s future.

Children’s real journey starts right from the moment they step outside their houses. When they start school, they not only get introduced to a new set of people but also to a different environment. Within a few months or years of school days, parents may get an idea of their children’s interest and capabilities. This, I believe, is the most important role of a parent, which establishes the child’s growth trajectory.

Since my little one is just 4 years, she is at an exploring stage and wants to learn all the skills, be it dance, music, taekwondo and skating. But I make sure that I never force her to do any of these activities. It is up to her to take the opportunity, and I never judge her decisions because of her age.
I am not sure till what stage I will have a definite idea of what my daughter wants to pursue in her life. But I am not in hurry! I will aim to identify her best skill and hone it the way she wants. If I talk about our current education system, all I can say is it needs to be customised from the very first stage, according to students’ interest. I always wonder, in these days, affording a good school is more like a luxury for any middle-class family. Even after spending a heavy amount to schools, we send our children to learn non-academic skills elsewhere.
As parents, we need to change our expectations of our children first, before the education system. We need to create a supportive environment for our children’s interest. We should always prepare our child to face failure, and that success and failure are two sides of a coin. If your children enjoy whatever they are doing, they have already won.

If I encourage my daughter to do what she enjoys, I am confident that she will excel in that area. It will not be a compulsion or duty for her if she is genuinely interested in it. Let your children excel in what they choose and not what you choose for them!

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