Parenting is God’s greatest gift to humanity and children are the fulfillment of a parent’s dream. To the parents, Children are alike the arrows in the hands of a warrior. Though as of now, being bachelor, I didn’t literally qualify to that standard of life but the initial phase of my professional carrier was dedicated towards the Child Development cause and my most desired and most addressed subject in each of the training programs was “The Worth of a Child”. The Israeli Child Psychologist, Psychotherapist, and Parent Educator Haim Ginott said,
Children are like wet cement whatever falls on them makes an impression.
In India, 472 million are the kids who are below 18 years, which represents 39% of the Indian Population. Usually, we expect only the grown-up adults can be the face of the nation whereas in India Today, there 15 kids who have made India proud in the International arena. It is not only those 15 but there many like them. Alongside this bright side to boast upon there is also the dark side which is growing like never before and is always hidden by the affluence of evil. 2019 recorded, In India, 68% of children under 5 died due to malnutrition; only 10-13% of the children are getting good and sufficient amount of food every day; as per NCRB report in every 8 minutes a child is trafficked in India and goes missing, majorly he is thrown into forced child labor & she as a minor sex worker. Apart from these organized crime sides of reality, there is another reality that cannot leave unnoticed. In India, 4.5% of Indian households run by single mothers; 90 plus percent street children in Delhi alone are drug-addicts, think about the other cities…; while India is in lockdown the online Child pornography consumption has spiked to it’s highest 95%; at least 35 million kids between 6-14 age do not attend school and; according to NCRB report 2019, educated juvenile crime rate is more than illiterate juvenile crime rate. Well, the two biggest questions that we need to rethink today – WHERE OUR SOCIETY IS MOVING & WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THAT?
The American Christian Evangelist Billy Graham said;
The family should be a closely-knit group. The home should be a self-contained shelter of security; a kind of school where life’s basic lessons are taught; and a kind of church where God is honored; a place where wholesome recreation and simple pleasures are enjoyed.
Though the marital union of Husband and Wife gives certification to the family yet it is the presence of their own child brings fullness to the family. Talking about the worth of a child in a family, the Bible says,
Children are a gift from the LORD; they are a reward from him.
Once someone asked me, how can you be so unique in giving gifts to someone? My answer was because I trust, he will treat it with special honor and love it with special care. Children are a gift from the LORD, it is sure the LORD, God has entrusted us with children trusting us to treat them with special honor and love them with special care.
Following it, we need to remember
Love & Care is never possible in the absence of discipline.
As a baby, when I started crawling, I tried to grab everything that is reachable to my hands. Even in the darkness of the bedroom, I always tried to touch the fire of mosquito coil. Many times, my parents used to stop me from touching that small fire yet my tender mind and cute little eyes were always attracted by it. One night, my dad didn’t stop me from touching that fire which resulted in my left pointer finger being burnt and a small word fight between my mom and dad broke out. My dad’s work may seem a little rude to immature minds but now every time I look at my left pointer finger it reminds me how good my dad taught me some of the biggest life’ lessons. Approving to such parental strictness in disciplining children the Bible says,
Those who spare the rod of discipline hate their children. Those who love their children care enough to discipline them. Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.
As a child, everywhere we go, we were identified with our parent’s identity but when we grew up to adulthood our parents were recognised as “OUR PARENTS” with our identity. Probably that’s what the utmost dream of a parent is! With that in mind, the American Christian Evangelist Billy Graham said,
The greatest legacy one can pass on to one’s children and grandchildren are not money or other material things accumulated in one’s life, but rather a legacy of character and faith.