Laalayet panchvarshani; Dash varshani tadyet;
Praptetu shodshe varshe; Putram mitra vadacharet;
This sloka shares, what can only be called as the ancient wisdom of parenting. It says: nurture a child with love until the age of five. For the next five years, be firm with the child and teach them the importance of moral values. By the age of 16, when the child is ready to step into adulthood, treat them like a friend.
The sloka summarises the entire parenting guide in just two lines. Likewise, there are hundreds of books, thousands of videos, and millions of opinions people share on parenting. Yet, no one seems to know what is the correct path when it comes to parenting.
Parenting is an experience, where you learn as the journey progresses. You make mistakes and learn from them. Slowly and gradually you turn into a responsible parent, who has figured out what works and what doesn’t for you and your child. There may be days where things seem tough. The lockdown that transpired after the coronavirus outbreak, is one such obstacle for millions of parents around the world who don’t know how to explain to their children why they can’t go out to meet their friends. If there is anyone who can help these parents are other parents who have mastered the art of parenting.
Every parent’s journey is different. But parents can learn about the pitfalls, detours, and sharp turns from each other’s experiences. Especially, those who are new to parenthood. For them, it’s a new world where every setback feels like doomsday. In such a case, when you receive a do’s and don’ts guide from someone who has already walked the path you are on, you realise parenting is not that difficult after all.