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Parenting Is A Joint Venture

May 28, 2018
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When I was young, whenever I had to take some advice in my life like choosing a career path, going on a trip with friends etc., I used to ask both my parents and grandparents. I clearly remember my father’s encouragements, my mother’s cautious approach, and my grandparents’ unconditional support. All of those inputs were equally important. My father taught me how to be independent and disciplined while my mother showed me how to keep the family together. When I used to lag behind in my grades, my father used to remind me of my weaknesses and my mother highlighted the ways I could prepare for better grades next time.

Now that I have become a Parent myself, I want to continue that tradition of collective influence of the mother, father and other elders in the life of our a child. Parents’ behavior affects the child’s physical, cognitive and social well- being. But what one needs to understand is that parenting is not the task of one parent rather a joint venture where both mother and father are important. They play an equally important role in the right growth and development of the child. Father’s care and the mother’s love are qualitatively different and both are equally essential for the intellectual development of the child.

Older generations take care of the family and support them in every possible way. They encourage competition, independence and confidence in a child. Mothers, aunts, and grandmothers provide the security and take care of the child by providing love and physical intimacy to them. When all of them are combined, then only a balance is maintained and a child learns how to succeed in life, gain experience and become confident. Multiple generations bring different insights and qualities in parenting – all of which are necessary.

It makes life fun and easy because the responsibilities of raising a family are collectively shared which does not lead to fatigue and frustration. Handling everything from financial work to household chores to managing children is difficult for one or two person which often leads to the overburden. The best parenting environment is one where ample time and support is provided to the children. Family get-togethers, debates, exchange of ideas, support during difficult times and vacations provide a happy healthy atmosphere for the kids to flourish well.

Always remember the mantra of Saral Education – “Parenting is a shared task of the whole family! The right environment leads to healthy physical, mental and social development of the child.”

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