• Jairam Mohan

    Well, my way of parenting is quite similar to yours. I follow the ‘to each his own’ and the ‘horses for courses’ approach. As and when situations demand it, I am strict with the little one and most of the other time I am quite liberal when it comes to eating, reading books, sleeping etc. That being said, the fact that my daughter is still only 2 yrs old makes it a little easier for me to impose on her at this point in time I guess…

    • ronita

      Very good approach I think this should be the way….more of friends than just being parents….

  • Reema Sahay

    In my humble opinion, we want to be more flexible and empathize with our kids because we have gone through it ourselves. The previous generation did things [of course with exceptions] the way their parents did, because that was assumed to be the way to raise children, i.e., strict rules, discipline, focus on marks, focus on making the child Engineer / Doctor. We want to be more close to our kids and not aspire to be put on a pedestal just because we are ‘parents’. In my humble opinion 🙂

    • ronita

      True…I agree our generation is more experimental and kids should be given the elasticity after all they should develop their individuality we have duty towards them but should never impose rights.

  • “Hard boiled idealism is least on the menu but supple generosity is quite on the chart.” – Wonderfully phrased. I like how you have listed the methods of parenting and wonder to yourself “what is the right way”? It is question that comes to my mind more often than not, and especially when confronted with advice from a different generation. Ronita, I think every parent does the best they can for their children. And that definition of ‘best’ is a compendium of what we would have liked for ourselves as children + the newer age trends that suit us/our thoughts/our situations. You ask a pertinent question, but one which really has no answers. The article provokes a thought!