In a steadfast generation, good parenting is a necessary. Children are like fresh mud, they can be molded in many ways. Many of our societal problems start from a very early age, be it drug abuse or eve teasing. These things are to be taught from home but parents often emphasize more on educating the children by the books than focus on educating them as a human being. The importance of parenting is often misunderstood as a sort of guidance to only being successful in life but in reality, parenting works as a pillar for children to help them build perspective and personality.
We have had long discussions and debates about gender equality and feminism. The ideas are the same without different explanation but in every way, the argument poses the same verdict and that is, everyone should treat everyone else equally. This lesson is not to be learned from an article or from a book but from home. Both boys and girls should be taught from when they are young to respect all genders and treat them equally. This is an important lesson to evaluate their future perspective. The idea of equality when engraved into children will help them build better ethics and morals. I believe that in this way we can stop or at least decrease sexual abuse, rapes, harassment and much more.
From early on, parents should teach their girls to fight for their rights and protest when they are discriminated or when they feel abused or neglected. Parents should also teach girls to defend themselves emotionally and physically as well as help others to do the same. These important lessons can help the girl throughout her life and she wouldn’t feel like a burden to anyone and be more independent and responsible.
These lessons are thought to be crucial for girls and the parenting for modern parents are changing but at the same time, these lessons apply to boys as well. Boys are to be taught about gender equality, respect for all genders, consent, behavior etc. When boys are taught attitude of such, girls would feel safer around them. When you teach boys to be responsible and teach them to know what to do and what not to do, the rate for abuses will decrease.
As said previously, the lessons start from home. It’s the baby step towards a better perspective which makes the world a better place to live in. We need to start from now to give our future generations a healthier mentality and society to live in.
~ Raisa Rahman