Monday, January 25, 2016

The role of parents in youth development

Looking at the current trend in urban centers, I feel parents have the biggest role in shaping the lives of their children. The way we bring up our children can certainly make a huge difference in how they behave when they grow up. Today, many of us have our own jobs to attend to in offices or businesses because of which we fail to give our children the amount of attention they need and deserve. What makes the matter worse is that many children are caught up between either alcoholic or workaholic parents and as a result, they are often left on their own. Moreover, the divorce cases are very common in our country and this adds fuel to the pile of problems affecting the lives of our youth. I have seen that most of the children growing up with single parents are having behavioral problems probably because they firstly don’t get the required level of attention as their dad/mom has to focus on the job to support the family, and secondly, they get pampered as their dad/mom won’t mind giving them whatever they request because as a single parent, we always have a tendency to love our children too much that whatever they ask for, we can’t deny. In the process, they begin to find our weaknesses and start taking advantage of the situation.

Monday, January 18, 2016

I don't own my wife as a property

Photo of me and my wife during my graduation day at Curtin University in December 2013 in Perth, Western Australia

I and my wife have been married for over twelve years now, and we have never gone through any major conflict of interest till date. Despite occasional arguments over trivial matters, our children have never seen any violence in the house. I feel this has been possible because both my wife and I know our boundaries well and respect each other’s views. We never take unilateral decisions when it comes to family matters and we always consult each other and because of this, I feel our married life has been going on smoothly so far. We got engaged in May 2003 when I was still in the university, yet we have managed to walk together the unexplored path of life sharing happiness and sadness, successes and failures, and problems and solutions. Today, we have been blest with two sons and one adopted daughter all of whom have made our life extraordinarily beautiful and lovely.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Why it is good to be sensitive?

As human beings, we all are born sensitive. As babies, we can easily respond to the facial expressions and the tone of the voice of our caregivers. Even the slightest change in the tone of the voice or facial expression of our caregivers can make us either laugh or cry. This shows we are born with pure sensitivity and innocence. But as we grow up, we are gradually taught how to develop thicker skin. Great masters say it’s good to be sensitive, but it seems the society does not want so many sensitive people around. Since the beginning of human history, our society has always been looking for people who do not mind to kill and to be killed. Several wars and battles have been fought at the cost of so many lives fueled by unquenchable human greed and ego. Yet, it seems even the two great World Wars have not satisfied our men. The continuous bloodsheds in the world today, and the silent competition among the nations in the production of sophisticated weapons of mass destruction like the recent testing of Hydrogen Bomb by North Korea, all indicate that people are still preparing for the third World War.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Welcoming 2016

Happy New Year 2016. Poster courtesy: Google

I am surprised how fast time has slipped away. Within no time, we have spent the twelve precious months of our life since the day we celebrated the New Year last year and due to God’s grace and the blessings of those who had wished us around this time last year, we could successfully make it to 2016. I hope God will continue to bless us like this throughout this year and beyond. Today as we welcome the year 2016, I think it’s time to look back and reflect on some of the best moments we have had in 2015. It’s also an opportunity to reflect on the mistakes we have committed over the past one year and take forward the lessons we have learned from those mistakes.