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What I expect from my Parents..!

A few months ago, I asked these two questions to my students:

“Ten things you want your parents to stop doing and Five things you want your parents to start doing.”

And I got some very thoughtful responses!!!

Things I want my parents to Stop doing:

  • Comparison. Stop comparing my life with your childhood. Things were really different back then, so stop comparing.

  • Nagging Words. Stop using these words and phrases: Use your brain, Are you deaf? Can’t you see? Useless, Careless, Good for nothing..etc….

  • Unnecessary Show Off.  Stop showing off my skills. I don’t want to dance in front of your friends. I don’t like to do that. Why do you force me to sing/ dance or show my artwork to our relatives or friends?

  • Always Shouting. Can you speak softly? I’m tired to hear you shout, every day, every single moment.
Mother shouting at her kid.

Things I want my parents to Start doing:

  • Smile. Please… I don’t remember when was the last time my mom smiled. She usually carries a frown on her face. That look irritates me.

  • Appreciate. I know I’m not good at all things, but many things only I can do, no one else can. So a little bit appreciation is good.
Father appreciating his daughter.

  • Hug me.I see how my mom hugs my 5-year-old sister, but when I run to hug her…she immediately says, “Later, first do you work” huh!

  • Play with me. I love to play with my friends, but playing with mom dad is fun! If only they had time to play…
Father playing with his kid.

  • Keep that Whats App aside. Talk to me, Mom & Dad.

  • Tell me a story. I’d love to listen to their childhood tales, especially about their mistakes, failures, and mischief. But my parents always keep telling about all their achievements. It makes me scared. What if I can’t achieve success the way they achieved….?
Mother and two sons reading book in bed.

  • Your Presence. Can I sleep in your bedroom at least once a month? I love cuddling you guys.

So parents, wondering what to gift your child this holiday season?

Here’s your list. Be present for your children and make parenting Engaging and Fulfilling.


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  1. Good.

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