It's been almost a year I haven't come back here and really there couldn't have been a better way to come back to this parenting nook of mine than to share this beautiful campaign called #CelebrateYourChild that has been taken up by Mindseed, a pre-school chain.
In an effort to find out if parents really know their own child, Mindseed asked the children to make something for their parents and invited the parents to come and see what each child had made for them.
The parents had to walk through a display of the art and craft work and guess which one was made by their child. Superb!
The parents picked up the things they thought their kids had made and explained why they thought so. A very interesting thing that came out was that most parents found their child's work by focusing what their child was lacking in and needed improvement on - "my child always colours outside the lines" "my child always writes this letter in a mirror way" and so on.
And now it was turn for the children to walk in.
When they did, and actually identified the work that was theirs, the parents were left speechless. In an effort to focus on what their kids can't do and how to help them improve, they forgot to see what the children were really good at and what creativity and potential they have.
The idea behind this entire campaign is that while it is important to help and encourage your child to do better, it is also very, if not more, important to actually celebrate them for who they are.
If you haven't seen their campaign yet, here's a look.
I loved the message, and let me just say that I am proud of myself as a parent, for celebrating my kids everyday for who they are, and for encouraging them to reach for their dreams instead of just giving in to the so-called 'standards' and boxes that society creates for them.
Thank you Mindseed and lovely campaign!
- Debolina Raja
And like I always believe in and say:
'Heal the world we live in
Save it for our children' - MJ