Mothers play the most fundamental role of an educator in a child’s early life. They continue to be the heart of the child’s education right from their childhood to their growing up years.
Mothers Impart and Determine Valued Life Tools for their Children
Education is all-inclusive of learning how to respond to situations in life, how to appraise situations, ways of treating others and skills to love oneself and others. Mothers not only form the basis of the child’s scholarly education, but often prove to be the child’s first teachers when it comes to teaching children various tools, they will inculcate all through their life. These treasured life tools include, self-confidence, modesty, sympathy, love, eagerness and interest, charity, compassion and much more. In this sense, mothers are roots that aid children attach themselves with the society. They are the foundations from which these tiny saplings will flourish and will develop into fine noble trees.
Parents are considered to be the best teachers when it comes to the child’s education and a mother’s education has a great impact on the child’s learning skills. When it comes to our children’s education, we, as parents, are their best teachers. Each day holds uncountable chances to impart our children with something. You as responsible mothers may even be doing it already, without even knowing about it. Play an energetic role in your child’s education by taking benefit of teachable moments, volunteering the child at school, communicating with the teachers about your child’s performance at schools, doing a self-study of your child’s syllabus to keep track with it, interacting with your child’s peers, attending parents teacher meetings and making sure your child is well-versed with all that’s been thought in the classroom. Take enough efforts to let your children understand that you value their learning, encourage them when they exceed in class and also motivate them to achieve better in case they haven’t performed well. Always encourage their imagination and inquisitiveness, it’ll keep them absorbed and speculating what they can absorb in every situation.
Refreshed, after a recent concluded, Global Education & Skills Forum in Dubai in what resulted in many meaningful engagements with educators from across the world, it has been widely acknowledged across the world that while teachers inspire children to learn, the role of the parent becomes even more critical as education today is evolving into a more complex process of experiences for children than ever before.
Let me put things into perspective – in the modern era, as educators responsible for the 21st century learners, our focus remains on values, skills and attitudes as the tangibles we give children to be able to find their place in the real world and become global citizens – it is about adaptability, transferability, innovation and creativity in re-thinking about processes and not simply what the processes are all about! It isn’t therefore simply about knowledge and facts, which was the era post industrialisation that emphasised that school educators consider ‘training’ children to become ‘parts of a well oiled’ machinery and achieve job satisfaction and success.
Now it is about innovation in rapidly changing times and dynamic economies! The approach may vary therefore and problem solving, critical thinking and values will emerge real winners.
This means that the learning process cannot be facilitated only in schools but also the other stake holders, and research has always supported its importance – the role of a parent.
Traditionally, women assume the role of principal mentors to the children by the virtue being able to give birth to them. And this beautiful privilege has a deeper impact on the lives of our children. Women who play several roles of being a multi tasker can enable their children to learn from their example, their compassion and dedication to their family can become strong foundations of learning for children and their ability to adapt as they engage from being a professional to family commitments with a balance, can set strong examples of empowerment for the children.
Apart from leading by example, a mother’s role is critical in guiding children especially in areas of values, ethics, social skills and creativity. The unconditional nature of her love for the child, and abundance of patience that she exercises when explaining ’cause and effect’ to the child becomes a huge source of support for teachers who work on the very principles in their progressive classrooms.
Like research has always emphasised, breast milk has considerable benefits for health of the child, an emotionally secure, balanced and fair minded mother teaches her child to love unconditionally, remain emotionally secure and open minded. The independence these values bring enables children to explore, take calculated risks and be exposed to new experiences with enthusiasm. The lifelong learning that comes with this foundation always the child to innovate with the freedom associated.
A mother’s role in my mind is that of creation, nurturing and mentoring that compliments the role of the teacher to perfection.
To all the mothers out there who play this role with seamless ease, continue to inspire and Happy Mother’s Day.