(In Proverbial Form)
By Dr Gee
Childhood constitutes about 12 years after the time of birth.
Parents are the model men for those in childhood.
A child is born in this world not with a vacuum mind but with a culture.
Parents should build the foundation long before to present an ideal child to the world.
The emotions and thoughts of a mother will reflect in an embryo.
A blessed child is one that comes from parents of sincere love,the source being God.
Selfish love of parents will bring forth only a child of selfish mentality.
Parental instincts have a lasting effect upon the further life of the child.
Changes take place quickly in childhood.
Apart from the influence of parents,children may take their own liberty to visualise and interpreting the things around them.
The peculiarities of spiritual,emotional,mental and physical growth in children will play the important part,while dealing with the external world.
The view that a child's mind is vacuum and circumstances mould his or her mind has no much value.
A child acts by the abilities God bestowed that transcends social circumstances.
A child tries to adjust with the circumstances from the time of birth.
This world is a new phenomenon for the new born child.
It is the presence of parents that gives security to the child.
Moment by moment behaviours,movements,sayings and other things of those around the child will strike the mind of the child.
The first lesson of life,a child learns from home.
We should give attention to all round development of personality of a child.
It is because parents meet the needs of a child that the child loves them not because of the consciousness that they are parents.
A child will love whoever meets the needs of the child.
A child grows in activities also while growing physically,emotionally,mentally and spiritually.
The growth rate and ways of growth are different for different children.
The character of a child is being moulded from the time of conception in mother's womb.
It is late to think that a child can be given good training after the birth.
Most of the parents don't know how to behave with their children.
We are seeing children as always children.
A child after three years is an individual,who is able to evaluate the environment.
Social study shows that the first five years of life of a child will lay foundation for the future personality.
As each child has particular character,we should approach not with same attitude of behaviour but a varied and individual approach.
The child's first social relationship is with the parents.
Parents should be very cautious in their behaviour with children.
Parents should not exhibit authoritative mentality to their children as it will lead to perverted personality in future.
Parents should develop the love of God in children as early as possible.
The knowledge of God will provide a sense of security to the children.
As children are very fond to imitate in this stage,good habits should be cultivated in them.
Beware that children will not be depressed while they face emotional pressure from inside and social pressure from outside.
God should control parents who then will be able to guide their children in the right way.
Most of the parents' acts of love are concentrated in worldly love which will create character weakness in the children.
We should not endanger the spirit of freedom in children but encourage liberty from their hearts in God which will make them really free.
Make sense in children that they are always important before God.
Let children feel the wonder working of God in their lives.
We should recognise children and motivate them for the best.
We should develop habit of self-reliance in children.
We should not compare children with other children and insult them.
Society which thrusts discipline very strictly will reap the negative result from children.
Allow the child to grow in God-consciousness which strengthens them to face and overcome trials and temptations of the world.
Humanity as a whole owes to the proper care and development of children.
Children are the most important people in the world who deserve love,attention and admiration.
What children really need for their total development is the social care that glorifies God.
DR GEE VERGHESE GEORGE,D.Litt.
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