Children’s Day is celebrated on the 14th of November every year since 1964. It is a tribute to Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru whose birth anniversary falls on the same day. Born on 14th of November 1889, Nehru was known for his love for children. He was fondly called Chacha Nehru and is still remembered by this name.
Prior to 1964, Children’s Day in India was celebrated on the 20th of November each year – the date set by the United Nations as the Universal Children’s Day.
Children’s Day is celebrated in schools across the country. Various competitions are organized to celebrate this day. By way of this children are given a chance to show and hone their talent.
Chacha Nehru once said, “The children of today will make the India of tomorrow. The way we bring them up will determine the future of the country.” He believed that children are the future of the nation. We must thus educate them and instil good values in them to build a strong nation. He encouraged education and all round development of the children. We echo the same thoughts.
Let Your Children Explore and Bloom
Parents usually restrict their children at almost every step. They think that they are wiser and more experienced than their children and would thus be able to take better decisions for them. While it is true that parents are worldly wise and are a better judge however they must not impose their decisions on their children every time. It is essential to let your kids explore and expand their vision. This is essential for their all round growth and development.
There is a very thin line between guiding your children and restricting them. You must certainly be there to guide them whenever needed but do not restrict them.
Grades Do Not Define Your Children
Many parents make it a mission to make their child a winner. They set high expectations from their children and want them to win every competition. They already have plans about the stream their children should choose as well as the career path they should tread on.
In an attempt to nurture the dreams set for their children they pressurize them to study hard. They do not understand that the child may not have the bent of mind to perform well in a particular subject and may be meant for a field other than what they have chosen for him/ her. They push their children to the limit to ensure they fetch good grades and take up a particular course. This is all wrong. It does nothing but leaves the child frustrated. It is essential to understand that grades do not define your children. Give them the freedom to learn, explore and grow.
This Children’s Day take a pledge not to be too harsh on your kids when it comes to academic performance. Give your children the freedom to explore their interests and choose the field they are really interested in. They would be able to perform well only when they get into something that interests them. They will also be more happy and content with their life this way. And you would all agree that it is the happiness of your children that you want above anything.
On this note, Here’s Wishing You All a Very Happy Children’s Day!