Diwali is a time full of excitement, celebration and happiness. It not only brings joy to our homes but also brings families together. Every year we wait for this time of year to celebrate this biggest festival with togetherness, laughter, good food, dressing up and making memories that last for our lifetime. Amongst all the festive fervour, the time that we spent with our children is the most precious. Diwali is a great occasion for ‘good parenting’ too, as this festival gives lots of opportunities to parents to demonstrate the values that they like to teach to their children. Everyday situations in the home or outside make for great learning experiences that can shape their character and teach them moral values that they can carry with them into their adulthood too.
Diwali is the time when we clear the clutter and get rid of unwanted things in our homes. You can teach sharing to your kids by asking them to give away their usable toys and books to children who are needy. Not only Diwali but every time you want to discard your kid’s unwanted things like toys, books, shoes, stationery, etc., ask your kid to give it to those kids who are needy or can’t afford to buy them.
Most of us get our homes renovated, painted, cleaned, decluttered and replace old things with new on Diwali. Teach your kid to be respectful to all the community helpers working in the house by offering them water or food. These people truly demonstrate actual hardwork. This is the right opportunity for you to teach them about the value of hardwork and money. You must also teach your child to greet the guests at home. That will not only make him feel a part of the group but when others will respond, it will give him the feeling of the grown-up. All kids want to be like grown-ups!
With all that festive frenzy around, all of us pick up our home tasks and aim to finish them before Diwali. For e.g., if mom is responsible for cleaning the bedroom, daddy can be responsible for cleaning the study room. This way you can teach your kid how fun it is to work as a team.
While you pick up your tasks, give your kid the responsibility of arranging his room or atleast keep things back to where they belong. You kids will feel involved and enjoy the task given to him. Appreciate your child’s effort, however small it is. It’s a step towards taking up bigger responsibilities.
Diwali is the best time to teach your kid benevolence and kindness. This can only be taught by demonstrating and not by teaching or explaining. All you have to do is to just set a good example in front of them so that they realize the importance of being kind to people.
You can teach your child to recognise the difference between right and wrong on Diwali. The stories of Ramayana are a great learning source for building ethics. When he or she acts in ways that reflect those ethics or values, their self-respect is enhanced. Praise them when they do this.
Love and affection are beautiful feelings. If someone reciprocates with the same emotions, we feel incredibly happy. And that’s what you have to teach your child. Let your child see you demonstrate your love and affection for the people in your life. Talk to your children about how much you love and appreciate their grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. Don’t let a day pass without expressing your affection for your child himself.
Don’t think that it’s too early to teach these values to your children. By the time your child is five years old, he must develop them. Apart from teaching and explaining these values to your child, the best way is to practice what you preach!
I am participating in the #DiwaliBlogging Blog Marathon where 16 bloggers will share their ideas and thoughts on this Diwali. Next in line are three awesome bloggers: – Umadevi of Coffee Table Talks; Firdaus of The Kardashian Clan; Kavita of Momtastic World.