In the tranquil embrace of the Himalayan foothills, my childhood was far from luxurious. However, it was in those humble beginnings that I found the true wealth of values and virtues. My parents, without handing us a roadmap, instilled in my siblings and me the importance of walking our path with confidence, making choices guided by wisdom, and above all, working diligently to see them through.
Parenting, as I have come to understand, transcends the boundaries of a 9 to 5 job.
It's a profound process of nurturing new life, shaping it into a well-rounded individual who can fulfil both their dreams and the unfulfilled wishes of their parents. As a life coach, specializing in parenting, I frequently encounter distressed parents and children entangled in conflicts. My mission is to construct a healthy bridge of communication between them—a two-way street where mutual understanding and respect pave the way.
Challenges abound in this journey, with expectations being a common stumbling block. The pressure to conform often leads to shaming, comparisons, and emotional blackmail. Parents must restrain their impulses to dominate their children's life, allowing them the freedom to blossom into their authentic selves. As a coach, establishing trust with the child is paramount, enabling them to heal and grow from their traumas.
Both parents and coaches must continuously unlearn and relearn, adapting to the evolving world around us. Embracing change and discarding stereotypical mindsets is essential for nurturing a harmonious relationship with our children.
Recently, I had the privilege of addressing the TEDx audience, where I shared my insights on the power of positive conditioning in shaping lives. I firmly believe that authenticity and fearlessness are the cornerstones of a child's potential. While we, as parents, can illuminate the path for them, they must carve their way, fueled by their choices and hard work.
I am Manju Kaira, an internationally published author and Life Coach, honoured with multiple awards for my contributions to parenting and life coaching. Please feel free to ask for any assistance as we strive to create a holistic environment for our children.