Children learn by example. If parents understand their role from the very
beginning, they can play a major role in molding
their children in the right manner to a large extent.
It has been said that
the values and ideas we want to teach the children should be done in the early
years. If this teaching-learning period is handled responsibly by parents and
guardians, a lot can be achieved. Good habits can be
imparted in the early years. Simple courtesies should be taught right
from the beginning. Parents must talk politely to their children and expect the
same from them. All rude responses must be firmly rejected.
Children must be taught to be part of the family by giving them simple duties
as early as possible. Duties can be as simple as putting toys away when the
children are done playing with them. They can be taught to put away their
clothes or shoes in the respective places on a daily basis. Children are quick
to learn, and good habits formed during this time will stay for a lifetime.
Nowadays, affluent families hire maids
and children are not expected to do things for themselves in some homes. This
can be detrimental if children are allowed to be rude to maids. They may also
think that they need not do anything as the maids are there to see to their
every whim and fancy. Parents should think carefully and make sure that they are
doing the right thing towards nurturing good values in their children. It will
be too bad if the parents find that the children have become spoilt and
irresponsible just because the parents have failed to teach them the right
Children should be taught to sit down and play quietly or read a book if they
can. In creating this habit, parents play a vital role as they too have to sit
down and occupy themselves. In this fast world, everyone expects to be
entertained. They want things to be exciting and fast moving. If parents
themselves do not read or spend time quietly, it is hard to expect the children
to do so.
Of course, we must also realise that some children will be different. They
will not always follow what parents instruct them to do. They will want to test
the limits set and want to be individualistic. Parents may have to allow some
leeway so that creativity and inventiveness can be nurtured. While some amount
of discipline is good, it must not be allowed to destroy their imaginative
Children can be taught responsibility by parents from young. It is not an
easy task but it can be done.