This article is mainly relevant to the children in India and I have no intention of hurting my followers from across the globe as I am not aware of how it works there.
When I decided to pursue my Bachelors in Education, I took it up with the intent of mainly interacting with the present generation of kids and learning from them while also teaching them what I already know. It came as shocker to me when I saw the change in my upbringing and theirs. Yes, one must accept change with the changing times but one must also remember their routes! I don’t blame the children as much as I blame their parents. Kids have the tendency to emulate what their parents do and it means that a good example is what they need to follow. A few things that I have been paying attention to has been annoying me to the extent that I am imprinting it in my mind so as to not repeat it with my little one.
- The concept of play: Mud, parks, outdoor games etc. are all a thing of the past. Yes, sadly it is true! These days I find even 2 year olds knowing how to access gadgets. How do they know it? It is because their parents find it convenient to give them a phone or an ipad to keep them occupied instead of sitting down with them and teaching them things.
- Stories: Children grow up watching series meant for adults and hence end up behaving like adults themselves. They learn to back answer, to argue senselessly, to validate what they know by pointing out flaws in their parents and so on. Parents have completely forgotten the art of reading and how it can stimulate their imagination. Books with beautiful illustrations are still available in the market, so kindly invest and show them pictures when you read to them.
- Basic etiquette: The most annoying thing that I have observed is the tendency to be anti-social. They come home visiting but never bother to look up from their mothers phone screens. As kids, we were taught to always answer and maintain eye contact with adults when they ask you questions or want to indulge in some conversation. Secondly, over enthusiasm in elders conversations is also not welcome. Parents must teach them to leave the room when required as too much exposure has never really done anyone good.
There are more complaints I have towards the latest trend of parenting but somehow I feel like pausing right here. It is kinda mind boggling and may be I am being too judgemental but even if I am, it is well within reason. Please make time for your little ones, build a strong foundation and help them grow into successful good human beings. Money can’t buy these moments neither can it buy personality. You have to guide them and teach them right from wrong, only then there is a chance at a better future.