Raising successful children is what every parent aspires for and this series is just a checklist to be reminded to all of us as we play the most important role in our lives.
My son was 7 years old and got admitted to a new school. I was worried as the new city and school could prove a challenge for a child as young as him. He started going to school and was getting comfortable in the new atmosphere.
One afternoon as we were having nap time and he snuggled I asked him are you enjoying the new school?
He replied,”I miss my old school but then this school is good too. We have rabbits in our school. I love to share my tiffin with them. Maybe I will find few friends too soon.”
I was astonished by the innocence and his maturity as well. He taught me a lesson which was a life mantra. Whatever is the situation look at the brighter side of it and have gratitude!
Gratitude keeps us grounded and thankful for life and its gifts.
How easily we incorporate the magical words into the Preschool curriculum and are elated when a toddler says thank you or even Sorry for a certain mistake.
These two are one of the strongest words which carry a whole lot of emotions and meaning within themselves. Only if we keep our efforts beyond the pronunciation and try to giveaway the meaning as well. (Yes, understanding yourself is a prerequisite)
Making children feel gratitude towards nature, people and opportunities will make them better people.
Gratitude encourages positivity and keeps us away from toxic negative emotions. It puts a distinct effect on the brain and people believing in gratitude tend to do more good towards the cause and thrive to make the world a better place.
As my elder one entered his teens the unavoidable changes in his attitude were there! Yeah, the teen tantrums are not always vocal sometimes being careless and irresponsible is what gives you sleepless nights. During those days I received a complaint from his English teacher that he has not submitted his notebook for more than a month! Now “My child is responsible and cannot do this”, was a natural answer only if I was ignorant of his changed self.
I enquired with a lot of patience and came to know that as his work was incomplete he told a lie to his teacher that he lost his English notebook!
Haven’t we all done something similar to this in our lives?
Now, the question was not of completing the work which we ultimately did with 2 days but the situation needed to be dealt with courage and admitting a mistake in front of the teacher! Yes, that took another 2 days before he finally mustered the courage, to tell the truth to his teacher and dealt with this situation. I am proud to say that today as he is an official adult he is one strong-headed young man who takes on life with courage. One who openly admits his mistake and is open to learning!
This one trait is often mistaken more toward being adventurous and taking challenges in life. On the contrary, courage has nothing to do with your physical attribute but it lies within your mind and attitude.
Owning up to mistakes is the biggest lesson one can teach to a child as a trait of courage!