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What I learnt from this book – “All You Need is Love – The Art of Mindful Parenting” by Shelja Sen

3. Care: As the child grows up we as parents stop cuddling our kids, or it becomes less under the pretext that the child is growing up. Care s the base that shows your kid that no matter what he or she is loved. Whatever wrong they have done, you as parents still love them and care for them. Care as a term changes its definition as the child grows up (maybe that can take up another blog post). For example: A care for a young child would mean his or her mother restricting the junk food diet because it is not healthy. And a care for a teenage kid would mean his or her parents taking keen interest in the activities yet not interfere.

4. Community is the society where we live in. And as the child grows there are certain norms that every individual follows. However, there are times when those norms don’t match with your ideology and these are the times, when a child needs to understand that as a community, if there are certain norms that he does not like or respect he should learn to be tolerant of them and not make fun of them. And this is where commitment comes in. Commitment to the community of being a responsible citizen, child and an adult! The seeds of which are sowed by parents first, then by school and through the lessons that the child learns in his life.

However, at the end of all this, the author also emphasises on the fact that if the ‘connect’ is strong then all the other Cs follow easily. So as parents it is our duty to ensure that ‘connect’ with our child is strong enough to tell them what is wrong and not and also for kids to come and talk to us about anything and everything under the sun. Only then we will be able to raise kids we can be proud of – kids who will know what gender equality is and what is a responsible behaviour. Kids who will be able to differentiate between right and wrong touch!

And on that note Happy Parenting!


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Swati Nitin Gupta is a journalist with extensive experience in writing for newspapers, tabloids, magazines and online media in India as well as Middle East. She has written on a range of topics, from human interest stories to event coverage to features on topics like fashion, beauty, women, children, travel and general health issues. As an Indian Army officer's daughter, Swati has been been exposed to the various cultures and lifestyles of different states of the country – knowledge of which she tries to incorporate in her writing. Swati also maintains her personal blogs at swatisays.wordpress.com and swati1012.wordpress.com.

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