Parenting Tips

As You Sow, So Shall You Reap

April 5, 2023

A child’s brain reaches full development by the time they enter kindergarten age i.e. 5 years. The brain shapes up through experiences, learns & adapts itself to the surroundings in which they grow. We often observe that a child’s actions are a mirror image of their parents due to the genetic similarities, parents’ language, habits & gestures. Parents are the primary role model for their children, It is important for us as parents to display a conducive and positive behaviour towards the children. As the child follows and practices what they see and experience around themselves.

Children are especially vulnerable to negative experiences

Little patience and short temper have negative long-term impact on a child’s brain making them aggressive and stubborn. The sudden outbursts of the parent may temporarily make the child quiet but sow the seeds of intolerant and imprudent behaviour in the long run. On the contrary, calm and composed approach of reacting to a child’s misbehaviour will have positive results where the child respects their elders, communicates well, is less aggressive and develops a healthier relationship with parents. As the child grows, the relationship takes a more mature i.e. of a friend rather than parents and they can freely express their feelings and emotions to each other.

A constant fear of punishment that awaits them for every little mistake they make leads to deep-rooted anxiety, as well as a loss of confidence and self-esteem. In contrast, a reasoned, compassionate and empathetic response to a situation enables children to be comfortable discussing whatever issues they have with their parents, calmly, and rationally without being defensive.

Children need to be tackled with patience and acts of assurance:

As said by Hans Hofmann, “Every art expression is rooted fundamentally in the personality and temperament of the artist.”

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