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Maria Fernandes

Parenting not only involves taking care of children and providing basic necessities, but also includes meeting their emotional needs, providing a good education, etc. But more than anything parenting means teaching children life lessons. That is what will mould their personality and ensure they lead good and meaningful lives.

Here’s a list of seven powerful life lessons children will benefit from.

Being honest: This is the most important lesson we should teach our children. This is one value that ensures all other values become easier to internalise.

Working hard: The famous Aesop’s fable ‘The Grasshopper and the Ant’ teaches us just this. These days when ‘smart work’ seems to be the buzz word, let us teach our children the importance of hard work. For, ultimately, it is hard work that will stand them in good stead.

Showing kindness: Teaching children to care and show concern for others goes a long way in spreading love and goodwill. It helps them to be kind and empathetic to others. It will not only earn them the respect of others but also give them the satisfaction of leading a meaningful life.

Valuing time: Time and tide wait for no man, goes the old adage. Let us make our children understand that once time is lost, they can never gain it again. Teach them to make the best use of the time available. Let them know the importance of punctuality and not procrastinating.

Respecting everyone: Irrespective of caste, creed, colour or any divide, children should learn to respect one and all. Whether it is their school bus driver, the maid at home or their classmates, they should learn to treat everyone equally with the respect due to them.

Sharing: Today’s children are extremely privileged and have more than they need. However, do we teach them to share their possessions? Whether it is a bar of chocolate or their toys, sharing needs to be ingrained at the earliest, especially sharing with those who are less privileged.

Being patient: Patience is a very difficult trait to develop, however patience will ensure our children enjoy good interpersonal relations with those around them. It will also help them exercise control over their emotions. Also, when they need to go through long waiting periods before attaining success, or when they need to invest a lot of time and effort in achieving something, patience is ‘the’ virtue they will require.

A few tips on how to teach children these life lessons will be shared next week.

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