We asked a dozen 8 to 15 year olds what they would like their parents to do in the New Year 2017 and what we actually got was a list of what they would like their parents not do. Here are the top 3 habits parents should stop in 2017
Habit 1: Stop Saying “study harder beta (kid)
With getting up at 6:00 am to go to school and returning home by 8:00 PM after School, after classes, after extra classes, after homework, after weekend classes, it cannot get harder than this:
Chanting of “Study Harder “by parents becomes worse during exam days. The biggest Parents’ Dilemma becomes: Whose exam is it anyways?
Habit 2. Stop comparing with “Sharma Ji’s” Children”
Sharma Ji’s child got 88.8 % , your child has got only 87.3%., OMG! The world has not collapsed. Frankly, did your getting 85% and not 87 % in class 8th make a difference to your success? May be it is time not to force your child to be like somebody else and let her decide what she would like to do.
Habit 3: Shouting
Yes, your child is not perfect and can be annoying and irritating .Yes, parenting is stressful; I know being a parent myself). But, if you continuously yell at your kids, then you hurt them, irreversibly. Try yoga, meditation or some other stress management tool to reduce (if not stop) shouting/yelling at home.
May peace reign at home in 2017! A happy and healthy relationship with your child will go a long way in your child’s overall development of life skills.