Celebrating Adolescence With Love And Understanding

    • NIE Dehradun
    • Publish Date: Sep 6 2018 6:45PM
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    • Updated Date: Sep 6 2018 6:45PM
Celebrating Adolescence With Love And Understanding

Rachna Joshi, principal at Shikshankur The Global School, Near ISBT believes that due to generational shifts the perspectives and outlook of children are fundamentally different as compared to the traditional approach.

As we all are aware adolescence is marked with apprehensions, confusion, stress, peer pressure, peer learning and uncertainties. There is an inner turmoil that the child goes through while trying to understand the changes happening mentally and physically. This phase of adolescence needs to be enjoyed and cherished, and as educators and parents we should be the people who provide them the security they need.

As we all agree, a calm mind is the bearer of better learning. So being the adults, the onus lies on us to give them the sanctum of peace or coherence or some solace which in turn will help them cope with their inner turmoil and strife. It’s also a time when we instil the right values. The importance of values cannot be over emphasised. It is only values ingrained in them which will help them in any challenge they face currently or in the future.

Children learn a great deal without being taught. The traditional approach does not work for today’s children. Their outlook and perspectives are fundamentally different. We need to be generationally relevant to be able to keep up with them. Rather than a structured communication style, children today prefer freedom in communication.

The adolescents we deal with want to voice out their thoughts. They express themselves and expect to be heard. What we term as impatience is speed for them. We know that our children seek understanding and respect and we acknowledge that fact. We believe that by keeping our communication channels open we provide them confidence and encouragement. Being able to voice out their thoughts without being judged gives them freedom to express.

Scaring the children into submission is an easy but wrong way and sooner or later will lead to rebellion. Discipline and responsibility go hand-in-hand. Self-discipline, because of responsibility towards action is the best way. Discipline that comes from fear of authority is not what we should ever aspire as educators.

Let’s together celebrate our children’s adolescence with love and understanding. It is important for us as parents and educators to be on the same page and give them some kind of semblance so as to not add to their confusion. It’s all about giving space. All researches point out to how we raise better human beings when we give adolescents time to figure out things for themselves. Let them not be ashamed or afraid to talk about their feelings, thoughts and ideas.




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