A popular saying goes like this ‘children of today are citizens of tomorrow’. Our children are torch-bearers to the future and hence it’s very essential to impart good and quality education to them.
Children receive knowledge from schools and apply the same knowledge when they enter the world of opportunities.
Character building and fine tuning their skills is very essential to make them future ready and prepare the leaders of tomorrow.
Parents want the best for their children. Every parent dreams of their children to make it big in the future and shine their parents’ name in some way or the other.
Parents never leave a stone untouched to make them realize their dreams. Parents strive hard to provide the best for their children, be it education, clothes, co-curricular activities or talent building.
All that they look for is the best chances of their children emerging out of the shell to make a difference to the world.
Generally, when married couples turn parents for the first time, they realize they have a whole new responsibility in their lives, which is exciting and satisfying when fulfilled.
Children are the whole and soul of a family and every member gets fresh energy in their blood when a new member arrives in the family.
A small baby is treated next to god and every little care is provided to the baby on its arrival in the family.
Boys and Girls in the Family
Previously, our society was very conservative in its thinking and approaches. People were not much educated when our country got independence.
A new revolution started only when people gradually started realizing the value of education in their lives. Until then, the society viewed girl babies with a biased view.
New arrival of a boy baby was celebrated with much pomp and show, while a girl baby that arrived was treated as some kind of unwanted burden in the family.
While the boy baby was given proper education and all his demands met, the girl hardly had any opportunity to step out of the house and speak freely of what she wants or what she thinks.
The boy baby was viewed as a future asset for the family, the future care-taker of the family, hence all attention and importance was given to him.
The girl baby was seen as some kind of responsibility, who always needed some protection in the form of her father or brother till she got married.
Once she was married, this responsibility was passed on in the hands of her husband and later her son would take care of her in the later stages of her life.
This kind of perception existed for decades together till education and modern thinking paved way for reforms in our society. When a baby girl was born, she was doomed in the society and nobody celebrated her arrival.
The baby girl was made to learn all the household duties, even when she would be a small girl, and even when she wouldn’t be big enough, she would be married off, much against her own wishes.
The families she belonged to, would never care of her dreams or aspirations, but would always perceive her as a burden on their heads, till they got rid of her in marriage.
She would be taught cooking, cleaning the house, respecting the leaders, tending to household duties and taking care of the husband at a very young age.
All talks around her in her maternal home would revolve around these care taking responsibilities that she would soon feel as though she was born to be locked inside her own world. She would never have any opportunities to express herself.
Girls in Modern day Society
Times have certainly changed now. Girls no longer sit at home to hone their skills in home making alone.
Parents are educated in modern days; they realize the importance and significance of educating their girl child. Most importantly, the perception of viewing a girl child as some sort of a burden.
The world around us now realizes that, just like boys, even girl children need to be well educated. Parents realize the need of educating their girl child in order to make her independent and make her stand on her own feet. Educating the girl child is very essential in modern times.
Girls are treated equally to boys in all spheres of life. They are provided equal opportunities to shine in every field. At many places, organizations encourage girls in particular to enroll for their courses and pursue higher education.
We see active participation of women and girls, be it at the job front, in politics, in decision making policies etc.
This change in perception was possible due to the educated society that no longer respects hardcore, unacceptable traditions and norms and strictly dishonors them.
People who do not encourage girls or are against women empowerment are looked down upon by the society and treated as not fitting into modern thinking.
There are many people who are opting to adopt baby girls against the predominant adoption rate of boys and this clearly shows a change in people’s perception and thinking. People have broadened their viewpoints and see girls as responsible adults of the future.
They are given equal rights in the family and their views are considered with equal importance. Parents focus on the education of their daughters and encourage them to take part in extracurricular activities.
We can see little girls taking part in music, dance, instrumental learning, sports activities and excelling in many more such related fields.
All this was made possible by a change brought out in the society by educated youth, people who accepted modernization as a way of living, people who started going away from traditional mind sets to accept new changes in the society.
All this created a new flexible environment for girls to blossom from their buds and showcase their skills, be it in their schools / colleges, workplace, in fine arts and in every walk of life.
Girls and their Multitasking Roles
When a girl baby is born in a house, she is welcomed as the daughter of the house. As she grows up, she becomes more known to the society around her, playing the roles of a student in her learning days.
As she moves on to her workplace, she dons the role of an employee at her organization and puts in her dedication and commitment to achieve her goals.
As she further moves into her matrimonial abode, she becomes a wife for her husband, a daughter-in- law to her in-laws, a mother to her kids and many other roles inside the family.
The woman of the house does multi tasking by donning the role of a perfect home maker when at home, doing all the duties of the kitchen, taking on responsibilities of her husband’s well being, looking after the kids and caring for her in-laws. With this, she also has to take responsibility and care for her own aged parents.
When she is outside at her workplace, she has to concentrate on her work and fulfill duties assigned by her management.
A baby girl is bestowed with all the blessings from her family to become a responsible adult in the future that would make her a successful woman in the society.
The government has made it mandatory to provide girls education in all parts of the country.
The government, also through its publicity campaigns encourages the girl child by providing families with daughters, special schemes for their future financial planning.
Steps to save the girl child and prevention of crimes against the girl child have been of top priority to the government and such measures are being implemented with high effectiveness.
The society is whole heartedly receiving these measures as a torch bearer for change in the society. Anti abortion laws have made it very strict regarding saving the girl child and maintaining the female ratio in the population.
Our population is pre dominantly male and in a male dominated society, women are often looked down upon in all decision making systems.
The society still needs to change in many ways to make the society more women- friendly and the men of the house should come forward with open minds to accept new changes in society.
The present generation should work on removing age-old traditions that are no longer acceptable in present days and make life comfortable and encouraging for the girl child.