We live in a vast and diversified world. It’s mixed with unique cultures, personalities, opinions, objectives, and it’s undeniable; we are always learning something apart from what we know on a daily basis. As we all know, little ones are the fastest learners.
And it’s also true that they would develop the same thinking process as their parents do. So the process of teaching our child starts from us. What would you ideally want to see in your child? A simple attitude and smart thinking because knowledge would anyways be an input during their academics in school.
We need to teach our children the difference between what’s right and what’s wrong along with appropriate social behaviour.
Imagine a situation; we take our kids to a park. And they see children there with different skin complexions. And it wouldn’t be of any surprise if they ask us with immense curiosity why his/her friends look different from him/her. Even when it comes to various religious aspects, everyone has their own way of worshiping God and how do you explain that. Below are the few key points that should be kept in mind while you’re communicating to your child about such crucial topics.
Don’t shush them
When kids ask you any sensitive questions, don’t stop them. In private or public. Ask them to continue talking about it. Instead, even ask them what they think about. But by restricting their questions, we might be putting in a wrong thought process. They probably might think that their question was not appropriate or they were wrong asking in the first place. This might lead to a decrease in their curiosity levels. At that age, they should have a good learning process and shouldn’t be denied it any minute.
Talk as much as you can
You might be busy with your professional life. But this is the only golden period you get to bond with your kids. Don’t stop listening to them. Ask for their opinions, correct them and again ask whats their thought about this particular topic. Judging anyone around is not a mistake, but it’s important not to make their first judgement as to their final one. They need to learn the art of mingling with as many people as possible and always have a positive vibe.
Consume diverse content consciously
Movies and other sources of entertainment are always direct influences on our kids’ minds. In fact, we prefer showing them so that they can learn faster. So why not we opt for more movies that help highlighting such issues and it would be easier to understand these concepts. But be careful to show them age-appropriate shows. Maybe animated is more preferable. These topics may not be essential to understand at first glance but understanding it in the right way is important.
Don’t judge a book by its cover
Yes, we are unique, we all look different, we talk different languages, and we need to teach our kids to see these things as different cultures, but everyone should be treated the same. Maybe someone might need a wheelchair to move around, some can be blind, or perhaps some may not be mentally stable enough like we are. But it’s not their fault. We should be able to teach our kids that ‘it’s ok’, not everyone is fortunate enough, but we don’t have any rights to judge them. Instead, teach them how to approach these people and make them feel better. Teach them how to deal with such situations and always have a smile on their face.
Like I already said, a kid’s thinking process is just the photocopy of their parents’. So before we teach them something, we should be aware of what opinions we have. Everyone can’t view the painting with the same opinion, but we can always appreciate the efforts.
And teach them the art of accepting, show them the art of appreciating and not just pointing out mistakes and differences.