Einstein’s Golden Thoughts on Parenting – Part 1
Posted on: April 8, 2016. Comments ( 8 )

Author: Mrs. Radhika Mohan, Educational Consultant

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Einstein and Parenting!??
Do the two words seem to be in non-sync?

We all know Einstein as the Nobel Prize winning laureate, for his innumerably profound theories related to physics.
Yes, Einstein was a genius, a physicist, an ardent scientist so………….?
What has he got to do with parenting?

Well, the answer is a simple “yes”. Einstein was also a great wise man who was gifted with a well – crafted brain. He could observes, judge, intuit, persevere and focus his attention on the many things that he came across in his day to day life and imbibed many learning from his experiences.

According to intensive studies made by Michael Balter, Einstein’s brain stood out as being having “additional convolutions and folds, rarely seen in other subjects” as well as a “greatly expanded prefrontal cortex (this relates to planning, attention and focused perseverance) and his left brain grooved unusually well (which facilitated sensory inputs).”

Einstein’s parents adopted a democratic parenting style, allowing him he grow organically—always nurturing, never pushing things at an uncomfortable pace for him to cope up with. They were said to encourage him always, allowing him enough independence to have his creative instincts. So it is not surprising that Einstein himself has come up some greatly significant parenting truths. He says, “He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed”.

Today’s children are, unfortunately, on the joyless path of self absorption. They are immersed completely in themselves. They are unable to see the beautiful world around them. They are missing out on the ‘awe’ factor that is vital to discover the creativity in themselves. Parents should make room for awe, but even we, as adults, hardly have any time to look at the ‘present’ and see what joy is stored in it. The regrets of our past and the anxieties of our future logs down on the ‘awesome’ moments of our present. These pleasant moments are buried even before one has the time to discover them. The sense of awe creates awareness about the world around us. Drawing our kids’ attention to these moments of awe is our responsibility.

The world is full of rife, rough and ruthless remorse—all amidst the glam and tinsel that is quick to catch one’s attention superficially. When children are made to search for the awe around them, they start learning to be empathetic. They begin to feel that life is something larger than themselves. Then they feel they are a part of it.

Then they perceive the real meaning of their existence. To begin their meaningful journey of life for all this to happen, they should be in awe. Modeling or creating opportunities for awe will be a parent’s role in making their child a socially responsible citizen.

One of the several new findings on awe wills us that it is a potentially positive emotion that might just help one empathize with one’s fellow beings. It is said to make one feel two things: A sense of vastness and our micro cosmic presence in the world. Our perspective of ourselves then becomes so small, like as if we are in the presence of something macro cosmic. This may make us lose our awareness of our ‘self’, become ‘selfless’, and thus feel greatly connected to everything around us. The “I” becomes seemingly insignificant. Dacher’s laboratory research also suggests that adolescence is a crucial period, a particularly important phase of life, to experience awe. Parents, in the midst of challenges, will feel good themselves, if they know how to focus on, celebrate and rejoice in, and be awed by what is right. Working this out could be the key to a meaningful existence. Einstein says, “The only real valuable thing is intuition”.

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Comments (8)


    Sonali says:

    Very valid points raised in the article. Unfortunately in the race for marks and exams, even well meaning parents and teachers forget to let the children experience awe in everyday life, be creative and sharpen their intuition.

    However, one thing I found amusing was your attributing the thoughts on parenting to Einstein :) . Einstein was a terrible father who abandoned his kids while looking out for his own career. And a terrible misogynist who laid down almost inhuman rules for his first wife Mileva Maric. Incidentally Mileva was a brilliant woman who is known to have been the real force behind Einstein’s success and some say, the better scientist among the two. The article is well written anyways, why bring a man who had no idea of parenting into it.

    Bharathan says:

    From Physics to Parenting Einstein seems to know it all.

    Rakesh Pundir says:

    Awesome article…wisdom is always in simplicity of principles.

    Preeti Shivkumar says:

    Beautiful article. Loved reading it. One can relate to it very well.

    T Arun Senthil says:

    nice one , but is presented in a complicated way ..!!

    Nijo says:

    interesting article…. all parent need to realize that he or she was a kid so accordingly make the days enjoyable for them.

    Rashmi says:

    Very interesting article zeroing in with amazing clarity on the problems faced by parents and kids in the present day world. Very effective in offering sound solutions too.

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