It is said that the relationship of each parent and child is unique. There can be no hard and fast rules to parenting. But there is one common guideline which applies to all parents and child relationships, and that is ‘Cherish your child’s childhood.’ Here are a few tips which can help you enjoy your children’s young years.

Your child is perfect as he or she is:

Treasure your child for whatever he or she is. Don’t bemoan the qualities that are not there. Instead enhance the strengths he or she has.

Re-experience your childhood with your kids

Everyone wishes to return to their days of innocence. Our children are nature’s way of making our wish come true.

Behave like a gardener and not a woodcutter

Be gentle with your children. Your job is to lightly trim and shape your child’s natural personality. Not brutally cut and hew to make him or her fit a shape of your preference.

Have fun with your children

Splash in a puddle, make mud pies, play ball games, teach them magic tricks. Their childhood is short. Make it memorable.

Spend as much time as you can with them

This is the time they really need you and your loving guidance.

Sudha Gupta

Mrs. Sudha Gupta, Chairperson of Mother's Pride Pre-School and Presidium Senior Secondary School, is a sought-after expert on parenting.

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