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Social Responsibility And Our Kids

We all live in a social setup which is an unusual mix of various factors like a mix of people, lifestyles and the ecosystem. As responsible citizens and human beings first, we have to be socially responsible to the deprived section of our surrounding setup. In today’s busy world where every aspect of our life is ruled by technology, the human touch has lost its existence and we are becoming neutral to what’s happening around the world. In such a scenario, it is of utmost importance that we develop this responsibility. This will enable our future generations to have a better life.

Think about this, are our children aware about what social responsibility is? Do we even mention this term in our dinner talks? Why should we be teaching our children to be socially responsible? It’s just that first, we should be bringing up our children to be “being human”. Bringing up kids is certainly a great responsibility. Early childhood, when fed with good thoughts and when favorable atmosphere is made available, blooms in the best form. But as responsible and well aware parents, we should teach our children about the ways of living in a society.

Right from birth to childhood, from teenage to adulthood, our upbringing shows in our children’s behaviour. So, while we consciously keep repeating the rules of being good and bad to our children, why not teach them to be socially responsible? For them to be socially responsible, it is necessary that first we as parents start practising it. It can be through our workplace or through our homes.

Our children should be made aware that we as parents are doing something for the benefit of the society and would want them to join the league. This can be well taught to them with small gestures like taking a day off or a weekend to visit a village close by to your town. We can appreciate and find their source of income and share these on various social networking sites where the unique talents and products of the underprivileged can be known to many people and help them generate an income.

When we as elders can make some difference to the world, then our kids can very well follow us and slowly adopt this thought. The other day, when the car stopped at the traffic signal, my friend’s daughter opened the food packet and offered some cake pieces to the children who were selling roses at the signal. She is barely five years old but her gesture touched my heart and she suddenly awakened my parenthood pushing me harder to teach my children the gesture of giving.

Now her act was that of being charitable and donating the food packet but I guess this skill is the foundation of being socially responsible. This sentiment or thought is the very base of being responsible to the world around her. She would not be aware of what social responsibility is but I patted my friend’s back, for really having taught her daughter to be “human”. That night when I was winding up for the day, I was encouraged to think that my children too should be evolving as human beings who are responsible and well aware of their duties towards the society in which they live in. It takes a lot to make our children think that the society or the environment that they live in has equilibrium. Every part of it or every component of it has its importance.

Our children should be taught about this and once they are made aware of they will contribute in their own good way to the society. Needless to say, we are developing the next generation, the next batch of our young India. We should be under the obligation to make them aware of this wonderful gesture and ensure that with this contribution we build a strong society. We must teach them to be responsible for themselves and also towards the society. As charity begins at home, so should social responsibility begin at a young age and we need to teach our children to make this world a better place to stay.

After 12 years of banking experience, I chose to take a sabbatical for my kids and be an enterprising mother. I am a Bachelor in Commerce, Masters in Finance Management and done diploma in creative writing.Writing is my passion and wish to develop it further. My husband is my inspiration to all my aspirations. I am a mother of two sons, both in a very agile stage, all ready to run to explore with their little feet. I love travelling and writing about places visited and every thought that fascinates me. All this can be read in my blog Life Bytes.