KNOW YOUR CHILD – The Art of Raising Children
Know your child is one of the many Sri Sri Ravi Shankar books that brings to light profound wisdom in simple words. The book is divided into 15 lessons with one lesson leading to the next in a lucid way. Reading this book is like reliving our journey from childhood to present times. All along we are gently pushed to look within as parents, teachers and mentors and evolve rapidly in our role of raising children into fine human beings
Know your Child by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar begins with “the concept of Saraswati, the Goddess of Learning who holds a musical instrument, a book and a rosary. The book symbolizes nourishing of the left brain which deals with science and the musical instrument denotes the development of the right brain which deals with art and the rosary symbolizes the meditative aspect…the three make education complete.”
The role of teachers as extensions of parents in school is very crucial to the development of little angels and the book serves as an authoritarian guide on the subject. Teacher and parents are the most intimate and powerful role models for a child and Sri Sri Ravi Shankar provides most practical answers to often asked questions.
The present system of education tires the child. A good education instills self esteem and creativity in a child. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar calls for a broad-minded education that can culture the mind to be free from the angst of the past and worries of the future. Such a mind can develop to its full capacity to digest and understand knowledge. The author suggests revolutionary yet simple steps to make a more intelligent and loving classroom where the strong children support the weakest, where laughter serves as a tool to overcome challenges.
The book gives a peep into the wisdom of progressive cultures where friendliness as a virtue is awarded. The Canadian example brings home the truth that being gregarious is important and children should be groomed to be friendly. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar writes that a child should make a new friend everyday. This helps them to have a sense of belongingness with all.
As a reader I was reminded of a select few in school who could sing, dance and talk with every body. And how we yearned to be like them! This book offers deep insights into these qualities and how effortlessly they can be inculcated to create a beautiful world with more smiles, laughter and nurturing.
The role of a teacher is applauded in this book and they are encouraged to be ‘Karma Yogis’ who love the job they do. As Sri Sri Ravi Shankar says, “a king is honored in his own country whereas an educationist is honored everywhere.”
In Know Your Child, Sri Sri poses tough questions like, “Why is the drop out rate so high,” that compel the reader to look within and take responsibility in his/her capacity as a parent, teacher or mentor. The compelling narrative reminds us that it’s not just the corporates, NGOs, or the government, but each one of us can be a game changer in creating a better tomorrow for the next generation.