Register | Login
Sign in with:
---------- OR ----------
Create Account | Login
Create account
As a Member You Can:
  • Join clubs to discuss your interests
  • Connect with people like you
  • Share information, seek advice, get support

in Mumbai (change city)
Select City
  • All
  • Delhi
  • New Delhi
  • Gurgaon
  • Noida
  • Mumbai
  • Pune
  • Banglore
  • Hyderabad
  • Ghaziabad
  • Chandigarh
  • Ahmedabad
  • Kolkata
  • Chennai
  • Coimbatore
  • Jaipur
select‌ stage
Raising Children Topics..

You are here : home > Raising Children > Related Articles for Raising Children > Shaping Minds

Shaping Minds

Many of us want to help society in some way, but are unsure of how we can contribute. Here is one great way you can help.

Does your help have school-going children? The standard of education at some Municipal schools is often miserably low. Help out by coaching them after their school hours. Here are some tips.

Language help

Many of these children may be in a vernacular medium school, and may wish to improve their skills in another language such as English. Ask your maid to bring her children along a couple of times a week, and you can devote an hour or two helping them with their homework, clearing their doubts, and perhaps teaching them a language you are well versed in.

Get your children involved as well. One learns a lot through teaching, so if your children help the children of your maids to study, this can be a form of revision for them. Your children can help them with topics like Mathematics, languages or the sciences, where any form of revision is helpful.

Cultural education

Don't limit your coaching to simply educational matters. Broaden it by explaining the significance of various festivals as and when they occur. You could do this when your child is around, so his knowledge of his cultural heritage increases as well. If you find your cultural knowledge lacking, read up Indian Festivals.

Social awareness

Similarly, try and bring about social awareness amongst your children and any children you may be coaching. Poverty in India is rampant, and one sees a definite pattern in such poor families. Alcoholic husbands often return from a day's work (if they work at all) and squander their earnings on gambling and alcohol. Wife beating is rampant, and street children grow up believing this is the norm. When Lata was 17, she was shocked when a maid came to her with black eyes, and said that her husband beat her extra hard the previous night. "You mean your husband beats you?" she asked in shock. Of course! Everyone's husbands beat their wives. Your father too must be beating your mother - you don't know what goes on behind closed doors."

This incident was an eye-opener for Lata. She realised that little exposure can be a dangerous thing. She now teaches underprivileged children, and tries to bring about a change to their way of thinking.

Countering superstitions

Although certain superstitions can be harmless, others can be downright dangerous. Women have been stoned just because their husbands died in unforeseen circumstances soon after marriage. They were blamed for being 'bad luck' and responsible for the deaths of their husbands. Sati is still practiced in remote Indian villages, and many feel justified beating up a thirsty untouchable because he dared to draw water from a local well used by members belonging to higher castes. Such superstitions are a way of life for uneducated people, and they pass these on to their children. Work on countering these superstitions.

Teach children the value of life, and that they should respect others, no matter what sex or caste they belong to.

If you can change their way of thinking, and introduce them to a better way of life, you will be doing them and the entire community a great service.

You may also be interested in:

Healthy Breakfast
Left Brain, Right Brain
Save Edit
Sort by Newest

Krittika Lok.5 years ago
very useful article. Parents should lead the way for their kids as kid love to follow them.
Mukesh Raha.5 years ago
nice article. very helpful for parents and kids alike.
Asma.5 years ago
children are our future.If we teach them well and let them lead the way, they will surely take the lead.
Back to Previous Page   |   More on Raising Children Index

Discussion Forum - Recent Posts
Do social issues bother you? What have you done for society? Do you know that it does not take that much time or effort to help out poor children?
view more >>
Raising Children
RE:Good Maid agency
Hello dear according to me you should not hire maid from an agency because ... - Anita    read >>

RE:Good Maid agency
hello dear this is very simple and you can select from google by just putti ... - Anaida    read >>

RE:Good Maid agency
Hi there if you are really looking for a maid in gurgaon area then please c ... - Anu    read >>

RE:Good Maid agency
Hello dear if you are really looking for a change then please tell me and i ... - Anushree    read >>

All tips on Related Articles For Raising Children
You ever wanted in one place.
No need to go anywhere else. No spam.

*No spam only genuine emails
Follow us on:

Featured Articles - Infertility | Baby Development | Health and Fitness | How to Get Pregnant | Parenting Advice | Weight Loss | Pregnancy Advice | Name Numerology
Baby - Baby Photo Contest | Lucky Names | Lucky Birthdates | Horoscopes | Chinese Calendar | Compatibility Test | Fun Zone
Parenting - Message Boards | Planning a Baby | Pregnancy | Parents of Babies | Baby Names | Baby Name Poll | Birth Announcements | Parenting Quiz
Family - Cooking Club | Love & Relationships | Beauty Tips | Kids Weight Calculator | Recipe Maker
General - Calorie Counter | Personality Quiz | Love Signs | Compatibility Quiz
Home | Site Map | Privacy Policy | Comments or Suggestions | Indiaparenting News Articles | Contact Us | Advertise with Us | | RSS
Copyright (c) 1999 - 2018 India Parenting Pvt. Ltd.

What is good parent behaviour? How does good parenting affect the kids? How can parents implement po...