I paid a visit to my old school and I couldn’t help but wonder… what happened to kids these days? There seems to be a huge transition in the way they think and behave (though I left school just a year ago). The moral and ethical values seem to diminish and this was coupled with wrong idols and heroes. I thought that I should jolt down the things I would definitely want to teach my children. So here goes:
1) First of all, I was astonished(as in literally dumbfounded) to see the rapid increase in number of Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus and Rebecca Black fans (and oh, Nicki Minaj) . Seriously, what is wrong with the kids nowadays? They seem to have forgotten what true music is like. Being a music freak myself, I would ensure that my children listen to good, quality music rather than some ear-piercing gibberish.
2) Being that boring person who loves to read books, I happen to be unfortunate enough to read fictional disasters like (ahm ahm) The Twilight Saga. I can go on for hours criticizing the series but yet again, the general opinion about it fails to please me. Hence, I will make sure that my children don’t get to waste their time on anything like that. I will encourage them to read great authors like Charles Dickens, Enid Blyton, Roald Dahl, J K Rowling etc (I have a very long list in this case).
3) I think that at the moment there is a huge malfunction in the fantasies being shared by the children. The stories and fantasies play a huge part in the mindset of the children. What they see and perceive determines what they grow up to be. Wrong fantasies lead to wrong heroes and ultimately
wrong frame of mind. Nowadays we have children fantasizing about sparkling vampires (yes, I am referring to Edward Cullen). They need motivational stories and characters to help them realize their goals and ambitions and not to forget, stories which enhance creativity.
4) Each and every one of the children I’ve seen wants to rush through this time and be “older”. This forces them to act in ways which (I think) is inappropriate for their age. Everything looks good but at a specific time; I see twelve year olds worrying about their relationship problems and I wonder whether they have truly lived their childhood? I’d better have my children worrying about how Harry Potter will find the seven Horcruxes rather than dwindling in their relationship issues. Hence, from the very beginning I will make sure that my children enjoy their childhood in the best way possible. Rather than letting them go through breakups at the age of thirteen, I’ll keep them busy in healthy and mind stimulating activities.
5) The final thing that I will unquestionably teach my children would be to live without fear and would encourage them to be more creative. I won’t force them into any profession (unlike what the picture depicts). I see children nowadays who spend their whole school life being bullied. I will teach them to follow their dreams.
The above mentioned points do not mean that I am not accrediting the current parents, obviously they did a wonderful job which is why I am writing this post and you are reading it (I assume).
Disclaimer: This is merely my own view of how I will raise my children, though you are welcome to apply these to your own children. Thanks