What 2021 Taught Me, and How It Will Impact My Parenting Philosophy Forever!

I remember watching the countdown last New Year, feeling excited that we were finally bidding goodbye to the dreaded 2020, a year that changed our lives forever. There was a general feeling of hope that 2021 would at least be better than its predecessor, if not all rainbows and unicorns. And as a mom-to-be, expecting her first child, it made me less anxious about the world I would be bringing my baby in. But today, as I write this at the end of 2021, I can’t say the year was much better. However, it did teach me a few life lessons that would impact my parenting philosophy forever. And for all other parents to be, read on for parenting tips that 2021 has taught me! 

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The world needs to heal. 

And it is our babies who are going to make this world a better place. For the simple reason that if they don’t, they won’t have a place to exist in! And today, raising a conscious child, has become my top priority. As disease, pollution, climate change and corruption dominated the headlines for most of the year, I realised that while raising my daughter, I have to teach her to be extra conscious about how she uses the resources at her disposal, how she lives a healthy life and how she makes the world a better place. Mother Earth needs every mother to teach her child that! 

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That there is goodness all around you

While all of the above is true, the state of the world that we live in can make us all suspicious and cynical about all that is around us. However, if 2021 taught me one thing, it was that for every negative, there was a positive. And that’s what we need to focus on. When the second wave hit the country, everyone rallied together. Strangers came out to donate plasma, people were circulating their oxygen cylinders and everyone did everything to help everyone. There was a solidarity and kindness that emerged, which was very heartening. And we need to keep that hope and positivity in our children as they grow, so they don’t end up losing belief in goodness. 

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That privilege needs to be earned, and respected

The last two years have seen a lot of economic instability, job loss and general financial burden. It has also seen inflated health costs and established the need to have savings that will take you through the bad days. And while we’ve all grown up being told savings is important, it never hit home harder than the past year. As parents-to-be, we need to teach our children to value money and resources. And that will only happen if we raise them to earn and respect the comfortable life we provide for them instead of taking it for granted. They need to recognise their privilege and work hard to ensure they can provide that for themselves later.

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Tanvi Saraf

Tanvi Saraf is a writer, editor and traveller who's recently moved to the south. Having worked with the country's leading publications, including Marie Claire, India Today, Harper's Bazaar Bride and L'officiel, she now heads marketing for WeddingWishlist.com & CherryTin.com. Her life's philosophy and choices are guided by her motto, "Enjoy it. Because it's happening", and with both our websites, she's all set to bring the joy back to gifting.

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