Instead of supplying your child with information, try and inculcate a desire in her to seek information on her own.
Your child's school does not do a complete job of educating her. A lot
is left up to you, the parent, to ensure your child gets a well-rounded
education. Yes, your child's school will supply her with textbooks, and
will explain what is written in those textbooks, but how much of it is
absorbed by your child's is anyone's guess. Over and above, your child
needs a lot more knowledge than what is provided in textbooks, in order
to survive in the real world.
Although you as a parent can supply your child with
information, what works better is if you inculcate in her a desire to
learn, and to get out there and seek information on her own.
An eagerness to know what is going on in the world is a
positive trait, and should be encouraged as much as possible. Not only
will your child come across as being more knowledgeable in any
conversation as she grows older, but she will also be more aware of
opportunities out there, and will be less likely to miss a good
opportunity that comes along. A huge number of children don't know
what's available - what courses are being offered, when a particular
entrance exam is held, how should one go about trying to reach a
particular destination. This knowledge comes with being in touch with
Don't just stick to baseless conversations during dinner. Yes,
you must discuss your child's day at school, but in addition to this,
every once in a while, make it a point to spend time discussing current
affairs at the table. Give your opinion on issues, and teach your child
to do the same. In this way not only will your child get more
knowledgeable, but she will also be interested in finding out what is
going on in the world.
News on television
News channels often have raging debates on a number of relevant
topics. Watch these debates with your child. If your child doesn't know
what's going on, don't just shrug off her questions in an attempt to
follow the debate. This will only cause her to lose interest, and will
make her go back to her room and turn on FM. Instead, answer all her
doubts, and explain the various points of view to her. Make comments on
what is being said, so your child too gets into the spirit of the
Don't expect your child to get interested overnight in reading
the newspaper. This interest only awakens when you awaken it, or when
her friends and peers do. Keep calling your child's attention to
particular articles in the paper, and discuss the topics with her after
she's read them.
Access to information has never been easier these days, thanks
in no small measure to Internet connectivity. However, parents do need
to realise that there is a very real possibility that your child is
chatting with strangers on the net - and not all of them are harmless.
You should definitely tell your child not to chat with
strangers, and inform her of the dangers of doing so. Don't presume
that just because you've told her not to speak with strangers, she is
not doing so. Go one step ahead and tell her how dangerous it is to
give out contact information or any other personal information online.
After all, you never know what kind of dangerous psychopath is on the
other end of the chat line.