It is rightly said that listening is the best gift you can give to anyone in the world. Listening is very different from hearing. When you are truly connected, you can feel the vibes and are completely tuned in with the person. If your child learns how to listen, he will have greater insights into people. He will be able to take better decisions as well as become popular as well.
I was recently speaking at a literary fest when I asked the audience, “Who wants to become a super parent?” and the resounding answer was “All of us”. And what did they you want their children to become? Of course, the best citizens in the world. My last and final question was if anyone had learned to parent in school, and the answer obviously was negative. There is no parenting school. We all learn it on the job. Mind you, parenting the second child is not the same as parenting the first one. Because you have newer learning each day.
So even if we say that parents are the first teachers for children, I would say that the reverse is also true, since children are definitely the best teachers for their parents. They end up teaching so many things to a parent. As parents, it is our responsibility to give our kids the best academic as well as emotional education.
After all, the child is going to become an adult tomorrow and has to learn skills to face the world. So why not teach him emotional intelligence and emotional independence during childhood phase, so that he grows up to be a “better citizen” of the world?