Parenting – Is it still a Boon?

Parenting or child rearing is the process of promoting and supporting the physical, emotional, social, financial, and intellectual development of a child from infancy to adulthood.

Parenting is the ultimate long-term investment. Be prepared to put far more into it than you get out of it, at least for some time.

We live in a world where Parenting is no more a Boon to our kids. The generation and communication gap, also the thinking abilities of a child has changed. If a parent tries to protect their kids, they think it is not going to work as they have grown enough to tackle any situation. The thing they don’t understand is that we too weren’t born as parents, we were born as a child too and we lived our lives under the influence of our parents and we never regretted that.

So, what has changed? Who’s the culprit? What comes to my mind here is, is it our thoughts which we try to force on them to follow at times which is incorrect? I am not sure about it, but then I started thinking in their way and realized that I too wouldn’t like if someone was after me every second and for everything. Then I decided to take the other way out. I gave them space and freedom that they needed but with a few conditions to follow.
The outcome was quite predictable, things started jumbling up, they were free to perform, but the performance wasn’t up to the mark. Then I realized absolute freedom is also not the solution. I thought of being a friend to them, but then who is going to play the part of the parent?

Oh! It is not easy to be a Parent!
Well, it takes great efforts to be a good parent. Some parents think giving their children everything they ask for will buy their Love and Respect for them. Some think that hard work and twenty four hour discipline will structure their kids to lead a successful life. My definition of a good parent is giving the child unconditional love, respect, understanding and laying down the law whenever necessary works. We need to be dedicated to them all the time. That’s how GOOD PARENTING would turn in beautiful colours of life.

Ms. Tasneem Mala.

Mother of Burhanuddin Mala

Grade : VII A

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