The day of little angels
Let’s spend quality time with our children
MUSHTAQ AHMAD BHAT
Children’s Day is celebrated on every 14th November as a mark of respect for India’s Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru. Jawahar Lal Nehru loved children very much. Nehru always loved to spend his time with children in spite of his busy schedule, and that is why children of India used to call him “Chacha Nehru”.
This day reminds us of many things about children who symbolize love, affection, faith and innocence. The present day overstressed schedule of parents hardly provides them the real warmth of love and affection. Mothers want to spend each day without their children. They don’t want to breastfeed their child. They think it will affect their beauty. In the modern era parents hardly find quality time to share with their children. The present competitive nature of lifestyle has created a state of unrest among children. Parents and elderly at home want their children to score high percentage of marks, neglecting other aspects of personality development. The present curriculum regarding scholastic education has increased the burden on children which has affected them psychologically.
The western system of bringing up of children has made them ignorant of their culture and ancestral background .The space for inculcating moral and ethical values is reducing day by day. In the past children, along with their parents, would often visit their relations for weeks together to refresh their minds. Indirectly children would learn a lot about the importance of maintaining relations in life. In comparison, these days, children hardly recognize their parental relations. The grandparents often used to narrate their stories of tragedy and hardships to children at dinner time, thereby inculcating in them the noble virtues like truth, honesty, love, trust etc. Today internet has limited their activities to homes. They hardly come out of their rooms to play outdoor games, making them physically weak and lean. Besides, they become ignorant of social values and lack social exposure, depriving them of civic sense.
Children in such atmosphere can not be expected to behave properly in the society. This day also remembers us of the present evils in the society like drug abuse and child labour that are still prevalent. All this is because children are not taught ethics and morality at an early age with the result they become literate but uneducated. Let us spend quality time with children and give them what they deserve on this day. Let us imbibe in them the true spirit of love, moral values, affection and noble virtues.
(Mushtaq Ahmad Bhat is a Teacher from Zone D.H.Pora. Feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Lastupdate on : Tue, 13 Nov 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 13 Nov 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Wed, 14 Nov 2012 00:00:00 IST
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