Dr. Prasad Roodagi, Ph. D. in Small Scale Industries – Problems and Prospects. He has a total of 3 yrs of industry experience and 20 years of teaching and administrative experience. He served as the principal of BBA programs for 5 years. He was also the member of Board of Studies where he was instrumental in designing management courses in Karnatak University. He is currently the Director of K.L.E. IMSR, Hubli.

Parenting is a very complicated thing that if not careful one can be caught up in between spoiling the child and being too strict with him. Children these days are susceptible and might get offended at tiny things, but we as parents should be able to use that to our advantage by getting them to do what we want, when and how we want them done. There are some things that the child must have, that is, a necessity and there are some that they feel they want.

Knowing this, though providing the basic needs for them we can make them work for the ones that are not a necessity. And by work, we don’t mean going to work for money under an employee, but we mean letting them do something to earn what they want. This act will teach them values.

They will grow with the mindset of working for money. Our children have lots of demands and as parent it is our duty to provide for them. But even if we parents do have excess and wish not to spoil our children with the money, we should not fall into the trap of giving into all of their demands regularly as this will only make them lazy and they will grow with the mindset that the world is always rosy. But giving them assignments and making them accomplish it before their wants are granted will not only make them eager to do more but will also teach them to value what they have.

Money earned is wisely and consciously spent than money gifted. If they are consistently being given things immediately they are asked for, the things given won’t have any value to them. Because they will believe that if it gets broken or lost they can always get another just by asking. But if they earned what was given to them by working for it, it will last longer than expected.

They will learn to be satisfied with what they have. Contentment is a good trait that one should possess and this can be developed in a child’s life at an early stage by making them earn some of the things they request. When they are satisfied with what they have, they tend to appreciate when more is given to them, and this will reduce the possibility of taking someone else’s properties.

If they didn’t get it right the first time, they would be eager to try again, and this will make them learn from their mistakes

Doing this is great as it helps train our children for being responsible for their actions. But this does not mean we should not give them gifts occasionally or at least give into few of their demands as excess of the act of them working for their money may lead them to be stingy, which am sure we wouldn’t want our children to be.

There might be difficulty in striking a balance between providing for our kids and training them but, teaching our children to manage what they have and share their things with the less privileged will go a long way and this will become a habit they will pass on to their children.

Key points:

1. We should teach our children how to appreciate, even when little is given to them.

2. We should learn how to be contented with what we have.

3. Our children should be taught how to be responsible for their actions.