Monday, 6 January 2014

    "Children tend to imitate their parents, despite the teachers' attempts to teach them good manners." 

          I had long read this quote in Reader's Digest. Being a teacher and a parent, I couldn't agree with more. This thought came to my mind recently when I was busy with my daughter's Nursery school admissions.

          As is the normal case, forms are distributed, parents have to fill the forms (which run into pages - but more about that later), and then draw of lots take place. I was standing patiently in a line along with other parents to submit the forms and other documents. The final bell went off and the other school students were coming down the stairs so we had to move a little away. Suddenly, two ladies broke the line and came forward and were trying to accommodate themselves in the original line. Other parents showed their displeasure and complained to the authorities. One went back but the other one stayed put and she was shouting on top of her voice. That time I remembered this quote.

          Imagine you are coming to a school for your own ward's admission process. How you behave is a direct window to how you instill manners and etiquettes in your ward. If that lady could have waited patiently for her turn to come, I may not have recalled her, but by behaving in this way, I cannot at least forget her, that's for sure.
   
          So many times, a teacher is teaching children value education and traffic rules. She says, "Stop at a RED signal". Still, parents in their hurry to drop their children at school, jump at red signals. So when the teacher asks the next question, "Whose parents do not wait at a red signal?" I am certain that at least a few hands go up in the air. Are we not shaming our kids by behaving inappropriately?

          Parents are role-models to their children and then comes the role of teachers.

          So let us pledge that we as parents will be on the same wavelength as of their teachers.