The 10 Truths of Great Parenting! – Part 1
Posted on: October 30, 2015. Comments ( 3 )

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“Give me a child until he is 7 and I will give you the man.”

—Francis Xavier

Children are like wet cement. Anything that falls on them makes an everlasting impression.

Children, in the first seven years of their life, are like a sponge: absorbing everything they see, hear and read. The foundation of a person’s life is being set in the first seven years of life. And if the environment in which the child grows is warm, healthy, loving and supportive, the foundation on which his/her life is being built will be very strong and healthy. And this what great parents do!

1. Strive to become like your children. Not vice versa

“Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. They come through you but not from you, and though they are with you yet they belong not to you. You may give them your love but not your thoughts, for they have their own thoughts. You may house their bodies but not their souls, for their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams. You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you. For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.”
—Kahlil Gibran

2. Let your child follow his/her own life’s compass

Give your child the freedom to be self-reliant. Nurture yourself as your child’s strength in words, actions, attitudes and manner, rather than have your child lean on you.

“Parenting is not about having children lean on you but making leaning unnecessary. …freeing you up to be your own person on your own time and allowing them to become who they are to become.”

3. Teach your child to be in touch with the Inner Divinity

Constantly remind your children to look within. The relationship one has with the Inner Divinity—of one’s own heart and soul, and of the Invisible Force that created the whole universe—is the most important bond in one’s life.

As parents, encourage your children to…

… trust their inner voice and intuition
… honor the voice of their heart and soul
… ask more of themselves than they ask of those around them
… always walk on the path that Life needs them to walk upon

4. Nurture your child’s playful spirit

Encourage your children to keep their playful spirit alive, all through their lives.  Assure them that more happiness lies in growing down than growing up.

“Happy is he who still loves something he loved in the nursery. He has not been broken in two by time. He is not two men, but one. And he has saved not only his soul but also his life.”

Don’t rush kids into academic learning before the age of six or seven. It’s a waste of their precious time.
Child Development moves at the pace of evolution.

Accept its natural pace. Don’t try to accelerate it.
Young kids need ample time to explore and play… their brains and emotional health depends on it.

I tried to teach my child with books,
He only gave me puzzled looks.
I tried to teach my child with words,
They often passed him by unheard.
In despair I turned aside,
“How shall I teach my child”, I cried
And then he offered me the key,
“Come”, he said. “Come, play with me.”

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Comments (3)


    Deepali Ashish Bhosle says:

    Very inspiring tips to act with our child.

    Asma says:

    Frightfully honest!

    Yadav Uday Shankarrao says:

    Very Nice

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