When children are small parents feel when they will grow up then they will be a bit relieved of constantly taking care of them but every stage of life requires a different level of commitment from the parents. The first stage of life is the infant stage which requires physical care of the child. The child is totally dependent on the others and on mother for his nutrition as well. This stage requires physical care more than mental involvement. It requires dedication and hard work of the parents to rear a healthy child.
The second stage is the child stage. The child is physically independent but still both mental and physical growth is taking place rapidly. The child gets acquainted to his surroundings, the focus from mother as role model changes to teacher as role model. The child starts having his own peer group and is happy with them only. The child needs constant guidance and care from the parents, this is the stage when not properly monitored he may become unruly and spoiled. Parents should constantly keep a check on the child’s peer group and his development in school.
The third stage is the teenager. This stage is very important in the sense that in this stage they make or break their career. The children have a mind of their own, they think their parents are overbearing and don’t want them to enjoy their life on their own terms.
The temptation to loose themselves in the circle of friendship, love and romance is very great, only few have the urge in them to succeed in life. Parental interference is a strict no no. It is best to treat the children as adults and be their friends rather than showing authority and commanding respect.
The fourth stage is the adult stage. They are no longer children but it is said that for parents children always remain young. They have a life of their own now, their own families to take care of, they are not the doting son or daughter but loving wife, husband and parents. For some children parents at this stage are a burden, for some a responsibility and for some a treasure, it all depends on the upbringing, spouse and the surrounding environment. So lets pray that we give our children a healthy environment by giving due care and respect to our elders then only we can expect the same in return.