Today in modern India parents talk about raising their daughters like sons giving them quality education, nutritious food may be equal share in property in future and above all, equal treatment as their sons. That’s indeed a great job and such parents deserve a pat on their back for treating their female off springs equal as their male ones.
But how many of Indian parents raise their sons like daughters? How many of us feel the need to teach things to our sons like being sensitive to humans in-particularly their female counterparts? Do we teach our sons to be caring and sensitive by nature? And also do we even think of making them feel guilty when they cross their limits like we do for our daughters? Do we restrict our sons anytime from doing things which we feel our daughters should not be allowed to do?
It’s not enough if we train our daughters to be independent in their lives; it is equally important for us to train our sons to respect the rights of women to be independent. Good that we believe our daughters should grow up like men and be physically as well as emotionally capable to stand boldly in the society fighting any odds that they might have to face as adults. At the same time, it is also important for our sons to understand their duties towards the society where an equal number of population who belongs to opposite sex resides and that they are born with same dignity and are entitled for the same rights as men do.
Correcting the child on their first mistake and imbibing morality towards opposite sex at an early age can take our children a long way in their adulthood. If we ask our daughters to stay away from indulging with boys (in the angle of relationships and love) then it is equally important for us to teach our sons to watch their behaviour with girls.
Male or female, raising the kids to respect opposite sex, their rights, their freedom and their dignity will have greater impact on building a healthy society.
A man with strong moral consciousness and character will never ever try to harass any woman physically or mentally be it their wives or woman next door. They can never violate a woman’s rights off her dignity, freedom or independence. Social stigmas like rape, domestic violence, verbal harassment, dowry harassment, etc cannot find their places in a man’s life if he grows to respect woman for their biology and their existence.
A woman with a strong character and moral consciousness can never show disrespect to her father, husband or any man in the society. She will never grow to misuse her freedom or try to demoralise the family by indulging in wrong practises. She will only nurture her early age moralities thought by her parents and become a strong human being fully functional and independent in life.
It’s not about raising a daughter or a son; it’s about raising a healthy human being who will stand tall for human rights and protect the society. It is about raising a moral person with strong character who respects every single human life on earth.
Medha, queen of queensquill.com is a freelance writer, a full time blogger, earns on internet working from home, lives for the love of writing and breathes for the soul of her life, her son. Say Hi to this tweety Mama among many tweeple @QueensQuill who has now started catching the pace of social media.