Success in a child’s life is a distinction in sports, education or any field that the student may choose to be a career. Success for an adult is climbing up the professional ladder. In this fast-paced and competitive world, there is rarely time to preach about integrity and happiness. While the majority of us religiously follow the rules for family bonding time, take the frequent vacations, how much of character building does happen? We advise our children on etiquette and behavioural ethics, but how much do they absorb?
It becomes imperative for parents to enforce particular morals and ethics that would later form their disposition. While excellence in any field or career is undoubtedly desirable and sometimes mandatory for a sense of pride, that does not define success. A distinction is only achievement and achievements are not what happiness and success are all about. Success is all about character – what you are on the inside rather than what you can show to the world; and without character, achievements stand void. There is a bit of confusion about etiquette and manners with a person’s character. Etiquette and manners are again only external and can be learnt, but the character has to be sown.
Parenting is a tough business, and responsible parents rise above the level of being just biological ones. Being a role model is tough as there are always standards to live up to, but this is the essence of parenting. There are bound to be slip-ups now, and then, we are humans after all, but it is the willingness to accept, be accountable and responsible for their faults is where a parent’s character lies. This is the kind of person that the child would grow up to by watching and growing.
Rewards for a good character would undoubtedly motivate the child into being better, but these need not necessarily be in cash or kind as then it becomes an expectation as well as imparting an opinion that acquiring good character is a favour to the parents or society rather than see it as a responsibility. A few words of heartfelt praise and appreciation without going overboard is all that children need. We parents are the ones who can go overboard with our ideas of rewards either to outdo ourselves or others.
We cannot always be perfect parents, and we may have our ideas of right and wrong but what matters is if we are faithful to our conscience. Being respectful of others, trustworthiness, owning up to mistakes, responsibilities etc. are not soft skills that can be taught in schools. Instead, they are the basics of the humanity of which some may have been forgotten along the way in the wake of better priorities. Going back to basics appear to be the need of the hour.
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