Several schools in Calcutta are keeping an eye on the behaviour of the parents during the admission interviews for their children.. This innovative move will definitely help school authorities keep track of where parents are going wrong in their behaviour towards their wards. The home is a child’s first school, as the first lessons in life are learnt at home. Hence, parents’ role in the education of their children is most significant.
A lot of parents in present times adopt questionable modes of parenting. They impose their own wishes upon their children and rear them in a straitjacketed manner, thus affecting their self-esteem. Worse, they fail to see the harm they are unwittingly doing to their children.
Often, in order to placate children throwing tantrums, parents offer them expensive toys or make outrageous promises. Other parents deal with the same situation by resorting to physical violence, thus instilling fear in the mind of the child. Neither of these approaches is desirable. If children are not brought up in a balanced manner, they may act out during adulthood.
Many who do not get the right kind of upbringing may resort to criminal activities later. Observing the parents’ behaviour during the early stages can help avert a lot of these problems.
Ratan Kumar Halder, Park Circus, Calcutta