the Doctor? … Cerelac?….OR Right And Healthy Eating Habits!
the Kind of Diaper Pants?… Walker?… Teether?… OR The Right Use of it !
which Kindergarten?… OR Right Method Of Teaching!
the Board?… College?…. OR The Management!
any Classes?… OR The Interest And Effort!
the Stream?… OR Dedication!
Job Profile?… OR Contentment!
Arrange Marriage?… Love Marriage??… OR Fulfillment!
Why are we so lost in the whole process of so many choices to choose from? why is that we are forgetting to get our basics right?
I realized (hopefully not very late),
It is not the tangible things that will bring about a difference, but intangible things cultivated throughout my child’s life span will bring a difference with our effort as parents and guardian.
As a parent I choose to nourish the roots with values, manners, build character, teach to be more kind, calm, respectful, helpful, know various culture, rich traditions, build faith and trust, instill positivity , family system , inculcate a sense and appreciation for beauty around and most important teach-
HOW TO THINK AND NOT WHAT TO THINK!
However, it is disheartening at times to see my child still fretting, fuming, screaming, aggressive, lazy, stubborn, hoarder and many things which no mother or guardian would teach the child to be.
But there is always a way to make things more beautiful and wonderful, that is if we really want to.This beauty and joy, we found in BALA VIHAR( it is a part of CHINMAYA MISSION). Yes my dear fellow parents, it’s purely fun, positivity, vibrance, goodness, so much of pleasantness.
So what is BALA VIHAR ?
Bala – Children
Vihar – means a place to stay / dwell
Bala Vihar means a place for children to be ,where in the right values are given ( with the help of the scriptures).
As we go, the class begins with reciting hanuman chalisa, teacher tells a short story ( could be on God, on any upcoming festival or some value). Children ( 04- 11years) are given worksheets to colour. In Bala Vihar, A for ASPIRATION, B for BROTHERHOOD, C for CLEANLINESS is taught.
It is an interactive class, also recite mantras, sing and learn bhajans. My 05year old child looks forward to attend the classes, he calls it OM classes. As teachers, volunteers, children greet each other with Hari Om! Every child feels special and wanted, every child is given a sweet at the end of the class.
As a parent I suggest all my fellow parents:
As we take an extra effort to send our kids to dance,guitar , sports or whatever classes. I appeal to each one of you all to send your child to Bala Vihar, why? because I see all the other efforts in vain without Bala Vihar, one has to be there to experience it. I send my child because he enjoys going, he looks forward going, I see positive difference in my child, my child and I see a lot more beauty and appreciation around us, Hari Om!
( I must share this, I have told my child whenever he sees me getting angry, just ask me to say HARI OM, and same applies to him . Oh boy! It works:)Never forget – children are real copycats. So we must watch our actions and words first.)
And yes! it will not make your child baba ( as in monk) and it is not meant only for certain Hindus or any particular community, all are welcomed with open arms. The aim of CHINMAYA MISSION is to create maximum happiness for maximum people for maximum time! That is if you really CHOOSE TO!