The Happiest Days of Our Lives
Posted on: 15 June 2016 by Manoj Bhardwaj
Our childhood days are one of the happiest times of our lives and their fragrance remains with us for the rest of our days.
Now childhood can be roughly segmented into early childhood, middle childhood and adolescence, each with its unique challenges and rewarding times. Therefore, it is important that as a parent you should do your utmost to make the journey of a child - from being a toddler to a confident youth happy and educated so that he/she is able to overcome challenges in the adult part of his/her life comfortably.
Different stages of a kid’s life throw up unique situations, which the parents have to deal with judiciously: like in his/her early childhood period when he/she is totally dependent on his/her parents, he/she should be given a sense of security and a cheery environment for his/her overall growth. And any problem faced during this/her period when his/her brain is developing will have a lasting impact on his/her life. According to researchers, who deal with the growth and development of a child’s brain functions, if they face any stressful situation during these years, it will affect their cognitive developmental capabilities. This could lead to further complications in their later lives like inability to form strong relations, not able to work in a team, depression and much more. The main cause of violence in these years is mainly related to domestic issues as the child become a silent witness to his/her mother getting abused. This can lead to a feeling of helplessness and a fear for his/her mother’s safety. To solve the problem, it is advisable that the parents meet marriage counselors to sort out the issues between them amicably to give the needed love and support of both the parents to the child.
During the middle childhood period, the child begins to go out and learn in school and playgrounds with other kids of his/her age. In this/her age the child needs a strong role model whom he/she can emulate, so the parents should step in to be the role models. It is also the period where the child learns new things in the school, so it becomes imperative that the education process is made more fun filled for him to enjoy learning new things, besides looking forward to his/her time in school. It is noticed that young children in this/her period are more susceptible to be bullied by older children and as research has proven, both physical as well as emotional violence in childhood shatters the confidence of the child and may lead him to depression. So, parents, teachers and school counselors have to keep a hawk eye for such incidents and take immediate remedial steps should they see these happen.
The last stage is the adolescent period, where the kid is just one step away from being an adult and therefore, he/she needs a strong figure in his/her life who can guide him during troublesome days.
Priya Tiwari is working as a strategy consultant with Know Violence in Childhood (KVIC): A Global Learning Initiative, she enjoys writing on health, fitness and social issues.
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