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Remedies for cheerful childhood

Published : Thursday, 15 February, 2018 at 12:00 AM Count : 95
S A Murad Sarkar

This is in response of an article published in Young Observer titled 'Remedies for cheerful childhood' on February 8, 2018. All parents want a safe and good life for their children. Many parents believe that their child needs to be coddled and watched at all times.
This watchful gaze from parents is not always welcome, especially when children begin to grow and develop a separate identity. Parents believe they are caring for their children. Children see that care as shackles. This makes life for both sides inexplicably difficult.
Children dislike excessive attention. They become secretive, hide things and lie. Parents can prevent this by being open to their kids. They have to guide their children, not hold their hands all the time. Parents must help kids rectify their mistakes, not lock them up or scold them.
Children must be allowed a little breathing space. Pampering them too much will only lead to a naughty and misbehaving child, as will keeping a tight leash on them. Parents must find a balance between caring for and ignoring their kids.

The writer is studying at
University of Dhaka

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