WHO INFLUENCES A CHILD MOST PARENTS, TEACHER OR FRIENDS? ~ GROUP DISCUSSION TOPIC
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As a small child my teachers taught me the basic alphabets of English- A,B,C………….but my parents told me that A Stands for Attitude, B for Behavior and C for Character. When I repeated the same words to my friends they were all impressed. From a child to an adult the importance of parents/teachers/friends keeps changing. I feel that these are like parts of a tree, where one is the main trunk, the second is the branches and the third is like the leaves of the tree. All play an important role in shaping a child. The aim should be that at the end of the day a person should grow up to be a good.
Parents leave a huge influence upon a child-like son or mama’s baby are the words we often hear. A child learns more by imitation than by imparting or information. The life style of the parents determines his thinking and his actions. If he likes their lifestyle he imitates them if he does not like he reacts against them. Both ways he influenced by them. Take the case of Rahul Gandhi, Gagan Ajit Singh, Hritik Roshan who were much influence by their parents. I firmly believe that parents influence a child. The atmosphere at home, the customs and traditions which they follow, the things they like, the persons they meet, the profession they pursue, the books they read and games they play becomes an integral part of child’s life. Sometimes parents are blinded by their affection for the child, so they try to appease instead of guiding him. One must remember the saying- Spare the rod and spoil the child.
Teachers influence a child during his formative days. A teacher to a school going child is an embodiment of knowledge, a dispenser of information and superior to an ordinary person, he reposes full faith in him. So a teacher’s word for a subject is gospel truth and his statements beyond criticism. A teacher’s appreciation is a source of pride and scolding a corrective measure. Such a person is sure to leave his imprint on a mind which is passing through an impressionable stage. He imitates, follows and listens to a teacher. However, a teacher’s relation with his students is formal and not intimate. A teacher looks upon a student only as a student and a student considers him nothing more than a teacher. If a teacher is strict, majority of considers him nothing more than a teacher. If a teacher is strict, majority of the students do not like him and if he is lenient, students do not bother about him. In both the cases a student is not influenced by the teacher. A teacher leaves the child after school but his teaching is remembered for the rest of the life.
William Wordsworth said “God has given us relatives but thanks god we can choose our own friends”. When you study and work together you are sure to be influenced. There is a chasm of formality which keeps the teacher and the parents at a distance from the child. They do not get involved in the affairs of the child. Indulgence of the parents and the mechanical attitudes of the teachers keesp the child immune form influences. A child can not share his concern for many problems with his parents and teachers. But he can share his feeling with his friends thus consciously or unconsciously friends are influenced by each other. However, in today’s world friends and friendship is a matter of convenience and not intimacy. Friends are friends till their interests do not clash. Similarly friends stand on equal footing as far as one’s intellectual capabilities are concerned and one may not make such a person an ideal to be followed. A good friend may encourage, may help an0064 may suggest but leaves mild influence. Others leave us but friends never leave us and the list of friends keeps growing.