National Safe Motherhood Day Special
By: Priyanka ‘Saurabh’
It is a well-known fact that the best age for a child under five is because he learns the most at this age. A child under the age of five spends most of his time at home and so he learns a lot from what he sees and sees at home. Chhatrapati Shivaji was told many stories of heroes by his mother in his childhood and when he grew up he became a hero to many people.
At home, a child first learns socialization. A child first learns a lot at home. But today, since most parents are earners, they cannot spend quality time with their children. Children are sent to playschools and are often raised by their grandparents. These children are at a disadvantage compared to those who can spend quality time with their parents.
This is because a child learns what is accepted and what is not accepted, what is right and what is not. He can spend enough time with his family which strengthens their bonding. He grows up to be a confident person.
One of our relative’s children has been raised by his grandparents as his parents are busy with their jobs in America. He grew up to be a stubborn, inferior child. Even today, home is the first school and the mother is the first teacher. Even a small amount of time spent by a child with his family and especially the mother has a great impact on his influential mind.
Someone has rightly said that “God cannot be everywhere so he made a mother” so, the person who affects the child the most is always a mother. The mother has the greatest affection for the child. She is not only the mother but also the first teacher of the child. She makes a lasting impression by teaching the child from birth. A mother’s education is divine.
Many mothers have made their childhood heroes with their unique love for their children. There was news recently that a mother taught her daughter at home and she never went to school and now she has been called for admission to IIT.
Mother’s education started from the first day and continues till the mother’s blessing in life, it is not necessary, the mother should be highly educated to provide education. The value of education provided by mothers cannot be compared anywhere. Now the question arises if every mother is providing value-based education to her children then why there are so many issues in society, the answer is that there are many more factors that affect one’s life and a mother’s education Never misleads a child.
I would like to say here that a mother sees the first smile on her child’s face and makes it permanent with her education and blessings. ‘The art of motherhood is to teach children the art of living. The house is the first building block for the overall development of the child and the mother is truly the most wonderful teacher.
At home, apart from academics, the child learns moral values like love, care, compassion, empathy, etc. from his mother, which is itself the embodiment of selfless love and sacrifice. Through daily observation of the child by interacting with his parents, he develops an attitude/behaviour that helps him in thinking, living, understanding, and decision making at important stages of life.
Today, both parents are working outside the home to keep pace with the fast life. Mothers are not able to give their children the right time. At first, it seems to ignore the interest of the children but at the same time, it teaches discipline, generates self-motivation, and helps the children to build their character in the long run. The child learns to adapt to the changing environment from the first step. As a result, children are also getting involved in innovative activities while living alone at home.
The child values the mother’s education and shapes his character building, respect, love, and care at home. The mother is the best teacher in comforting the child in sorrow, hope in sorrow, and strength in weakness and shaping his life. So, even today, it is true that at home the mother is in the first place and also the first teacher in child-rearing. (The author is a Research Scholar in Political Science, poet, independent journalist, and columnist.)