There are so many lucrative schemes which
we try to invest in. Business minded people are especially on
the lookout for such opportunities. As soon as they see one,
they leap to reap its benefits. While there is nothing wrong
with this habit, let us never lose sight of the best
investment we can make in life: our children.
Grooming them to become good human beings
is the most rewarding investment we can make for our future.
It means that we have tried to ensure that the bond of
humanity continues to strengthen itself. Of primary importance
in this regard is that parents should find time for them in
their very early years and make it a point to teach them high
moral standards by setting an example. Often parents realize
this when it is too late. A grown up child is not easy to
train and instruct. In fact, as soon as a child enters mature
age, parents must learn to let go of him/her and adopt subtle
methods of correction when needed.
One of the biggest requirements of grooming
children is to develop a relationship of friendship with them.
This means that instead of embarrassing them, taunting them
and snubbing them, parents should take pains to spend time
with them and understand their weak points and shortcomings.
They should then make efforts to help the child in gradually
overcoming them, and at times learn to live with them if they
are an intrinsic part of their personality.
One of the biggest impediments in grooming
children is the parental ambition of seeing them on a high
pedestal very early in life. They want them to be good all the
time. Parents forget that perfection in this regard is an
elusive target. In fact, when they themselves were growing up
they had their fair share of mistakes and faults. The target
here should not be “to be good all the time.” Rather it should
be “to be good most of the time.” Even God does not require us
to be good all the time. He wants us to try to be good all the
time. In other words, the effort counts more than the result.
Parents must therefore accommodate and ignore mistakes made by
children and not expect from them what none has achieved so