Yogic Parenting


Fri, 06/26/2020 - 13:18 #1
Suresh
Suresh

Freedom to the child some times ruin life to a great extent. Choosing drugs and having a psychological breakdown. How to deal with it in terms of Yogic philosophy?

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Yogacharya Dr. Ananda
Yogacharya Dr. Ananda
Freedom doesnt mean leaving them loose to do anything they want. It is the trust we build with the child to be responsible with their freedom. PArents have to be role models and that is the way froward. The other best practice is to have them becomen part of a postive peer groups through arts, music, yoga dance etc.
Saraswathi
Saraswathi
I think it is important for parents to reflect on what is the meaning of freedom we hold in our mind? Our own childhood and the many forces that shaped us to be who we are, our beliefs around ourself, the world etc., determine this meaning. Like Dr. Anandaji says, freedom is not freedom if it does not come with understanding of our responsibilities. Sometimes we control too much that they want to snap out or we give them too much of space that they don't know what is right or wrong. Mostly we confuse them with our messages and behavior! Ideally a parent-child relationship of trust where the child learns to be truthful and will not be punished if they tell the truth. If only we can remember our own childhood and what helped and what didn't help us with the parenting we had... that could help perhaps!
thank you for listening.
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Saraswathi 
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