Aamir Khan’s Dangal has THIS important message for all Indian parents
Besides gender equality, Dangal is also about setting goals and achieving them.
I saw Dangal this weekend and yes I was bowled over by the storyline, the spectacular performances and the whole idea that the story of the Phogat family comes from a state that is infamous for female infanticide cases.
Yes, the film talks about women power, gender equality and why we need to push our girls just like the way Mahavir Singh Phogat pushes his to become wrestlers and become a champion at a game that was considered a male sport until the Phogat sisters took it by storm. The film does have all the hair-raising moments and makes you stand up and clap for the man, Mahavir Singh Phogat, every time he says that “his daughters are no less than boys.”
Dangal- more than just a film
But that’s not the only thing about Dangal that you take with you at the end of the movie. Dangal has a very important message for all Indian parents. The movie also shows us why it is important for every child to have a goal early on in life and how helping him achieve that goal would turn him into a better professional and more importantly, a great human being.
Setting small, achievable goals for your kids
While this certainly doesn’t mean that you push your child to do something that they do not want to do or like, Mahavir Singh Phogat, ask them to take up something that you wanted to pursue when you were young, teaching your children to have small goals and then helping them come up with a plan to achieve them can really take them a long way.
What I am trying to say here is that it is essential for a child to aim for a task and then make every effort to make sure that he finishes it. It could range from anything from singing to reading to dancing and even swimming, anything that the child wants to do and wishes to pursue or little every day tasks that are easy to achieve.
Setting small, achievable goals for your child would not only help inculcate discipline at an early age but would also instil in him the zeal to finish a task, if not perfectly then at least, to the best of his ability. It would teach your child about establishing targets and working towards them at an early stage in life. Here's how you can go about it:
1.Make it fun: Don't start by setting goals that are difficult to achieve. Instead look for fun, easy targets that fill your child with enthusiasm such as saving some money in the piggy bank to buy a favourite toy or finishing a book that she's just started reading. The whole idea is to help your child understand that it is important to finish something that they have started.
Continue reading on the next page to know how to help your kids complete a task at hand!
2. Let them explore their interests: My daughter is fond of singing and naturally she also wants to learn singing just like her other classmates, but instead of refusing her I asked her to practice one song of her choice and then sing it in front of me when she feels she knows it properly.
She has been practicing it for the last couple of days and am sure in the next few days she'd figure out if she really wants to learn singing. And as a parent I would be able to access her interest in that particular hobby.
I've seen many parents put their kids into extra-curricular classes of their choice which is not how it should be. Always pay attention to your child's interest and then figure out if he should pursue it or not. Every child likes to dance and if your child does too then it does not mean that you enrol him to the best dance classes in town. Instead watch over them and see if they are really interested in pursuing it.
3.Appreciate them: Kids are extremely vulnerable and needless to say, they crave for a word or two of appreciation every now and then. It also pushes them to work towards something with double the effort. If you see that your child is taking a lot of interest and working hard towards achieveing a set goal, praise them from time to time and if possible reward them to show that they are doing a great job.
4. Be realistic: Again the key here is to be as close to reality as possible. If you notice that your child is no longer interested in achieveing a particular goal or feels like giving up, talk to them to understand why is that the case. As a parent, only you can perceive our child's state of mind and understand what they are going through.
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