Monday, December 15, 2008

Roots & Wings

In these times of changing family structure and work culture, the tenets of parenting need a fresh look too. From assuming that we know the right way of parenting as soon as we become parents to understanding that we might need to look at our parenting style anew, there is a change in perspective that we all should embrace. And to help bring this change forth easily is a book that will go a long way in helping new-age parents be effective at what they do.

The book is 'Roots And Wings' by the author Raksha Bharadia. Raksha already has the book 'Me: A handbook for life' under her belt and is the co-author of 'Chicken Soup for the Indian Soul'. She has contributed features for Times of India, Femina, Gurlz and Life Positive. In addition to writing, she indulges in Kathak and is learning the art at present. She also works with a few NGOs in Ahmedabad and conducts parenting workshops too. She writes at . Do take time to go through her writings.

From the blurb of Roots And Wings:

As parents, our dreams for our children are noble. We do our best, even stretch beyond the available resources—time, efforts, finances—to provide an environment that would facilitate their optimal development. Yet more often than not we find ourselves at loggerheads; frustrated, exhausted and uncertain of the rightness and efficacy of our parental efforts and skeptical of the potential of our children. We find them struggling with low self-esteem, loneliness, boredom, obesity; suffering from stress, burn-out, depression. Kids do not come with a manual and the jargon of work on parenting is often conflicting and polarised.

Roots and Wings—A Handbook for Parents addresses parenting conflicts and dilemmas; how to manage the thin line between freedom and structure, space and control, being a mentor and a friend, our expectations of the child versus his native endowments. This book is about giving our children roots, so that they can stand firm; and wings, so that they may soar and achieve their potential.

With in-depth research and interviews with personalities such as Kumar Mangalam Birla, Jaya Bachchan, Sachin Tendulkar, Jogen Chowdhary, Mrinal Sen, Hemant Trivedi, Kiran Bedi, Javed Akhtar and Sanjeev Kapoor, the book shows you ways in which you can help your children along the long and winding road of discovery—within and without, of the self and of the world at large.

It is time we came out of presumptions that good parenting is something we are naturally endowed with and that is it ok to read books about parenting. It is after all in good interests of our children. Pick up a copy of this book today to take that first step towards understanding parenting better and be the parents our children will be proud of. Sometimes, it has to work the other way round too.

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