Raising good humans has always been of paramount importance for any society at a given time. However, it is more of a challenge in the tough times that we are living in. With nuclear families, absence of grand- parents, working parents, children do not get the attention that they rightfully deserve.
Children are inquisitive by nature and learn from the environment. They learn by observing the behavior of the adults around them, be it home or school. Gender sensitivity, respect for elders, measures to save the environment, anger management, forgiveness etc all start at home.
Parents play a crucial role in the formative years and it is at home that the child learns to be a good and responsible human being. And when they step into school it is the duty of the teachers to have an exemplary character which their students can emulate. ‘The sign of great parenting is not the child’s behavior. The sign of great parenting is the parent’s behavior’.
Value education definitely begins at home and is then carried forward in schools. Parents and teachers should give prime importance to values on which depends the character of the growing child. We all know that for a child, parents and later teachers, are role models.
If the women of the community are respected the child learns to respect her. If the elders are looked after by the family he learns to do the same. Children learn to protect the environment if they see the adults do the same. If parents do not lose their temper children also learn to manage their emotions well.
A child’s education begins at home. A baby smiles back if you smile at him; soothing music puts him to sleep; anything new caches his eye. It is at home the child learns to speak to his elders respectfully, the way to walk, talk and behave is all learnt at home. For them their parents mean the world. Thus, the parents need to be role models. If the child is provided a happy and caring home where everybody values everybody else, nobody uses abusive language and there is no violence then his value system will be strong enough to withstand and face the challenges boldly.
It is a known fact that those children who grow up watching their parents read the newspaper in the mornings and books at bedtime develop reading habits sooner than others. Reading stories to young children is a time tested method to introduce them to the wonderful world of books. Besides improving vocabulary and communication skills, reading habit keeps the child busy in a hobby that would be greatly beneficial.
Keeping children occupied in games and activities in the growing up years has a number of plus points.. Not only does it keep them away from electronic gadgets, it helps them discover their hidden talents and interests. Sporting activities and creative arts can be reinforced after school hours to keep them busy and away from distractions. Cultivating a hobby helps in developing the creativity of the child. Music, dance, art and sports are also stress busters. These can later convert into passion and profession.
Critical thinking is also cultivated while the child keeps himself occupied in creative activities. Such life skills help children to adjust themselves to their surroundings. Exposure to difficult situations at an early age such as climbing a tree, crossing a stream etc makes children sure footed and brave at heart. Team building and collaborative skills are also learnt in social activities that the child is involved in at home. Interacting with new friends would be easy if social skills are already in place.
The child learns a lot in the home environment and it is a reinforcement of these skills and values when he starts schooling. The values learnt at home and school helps the child grow in a happy environment imbibing virtues which would be useful for the rest of his life.
Ms. Irina Mukherjee
Principal, Summer Fields School Gurugram