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Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Why "Meaningful Parenting"?

Can I change or redefine parenting to create meaningful upbringing? Or is it just a matter of chance? Do parents play a role in shaping the habits, attitudes and personality of a child? Or is it no BIG DEAL? But why meaningful? Because parenting cannot guarantee happiness to the child every time. What it can assure is 'meaning' so that the child feels worthwhile and purposeful, both in falling down and flying high.
Family Bonding
I worked for Xerox India Ltd back in 2006-2010 in various roles. From corporate HR to Regional HR Manager N & E and later S & W. It was during this time I had the opportunity to meet Mr. Princy Bhatnagar who was then the Sales Head for Xerox India. It was one of those regular days at work where I heard him talking to his colleagues about family and children and he said: "Parenting is the most challenging yet most gratifying experience of one's life." I left Xerox India in 2011 and went ahead traversing my own life. I wasn't a parent then but his words stayed with me.
Togetherness
Today I have a four-year-old son and I know for sure how challenging it gets day to day. I also know for sure that nothing gratifies me more than this bond that I share with him. The same goes for my husband, his father. 
But parenting isn't just fun, bliss and JOY. These words are coping mechanisms.Those who say so are making beautiful statements to hide the inner difficulties. Maybe. This section is therefore even more important. Coming from my academic background, my professional set up, my own personal experience with my son and informal counseling with many elementary and middle school children, I intend to provide insights about this most' challenging and gratifying' world of Parenting. 

And done meaningfully, it ensures that you as a parent know that your role is not to make your child reach a happy destination but to be part of the journey. And while the child has come through you, he is not YOU...and all you can do is to help him become HIM in meaningful ways.



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