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MY CONCERN FOR CHILDREN

SISTER NIVEDITA CONVENT SCHOOL, DAKSHIN NARARTHALI, ALIPURDUAR ( W.B.)                                                          (MY CONCERN FOR CHILDREN)


Dear Parents,
Being your well wisher and children worshipper, and out of my irresistible passion I write this letter to share my feelings and experiences with you about our children who are the greatest wealth of our life. The beauty of children’s happiness surpasses all other beauty on the earth. Even God feels happy at the happiness of the children. A home becomes God’s abode when children are happy.  Rabindranath Tagore said, “ From the solemn gloom of the temple children run out to sit in the dust, and God watches them play and forgets the priest.”
In spite of the above fact, most of our children receive inadequate love, care, support and guidance from the parents, teachers and the society. We devote ourselves more towards other material pursuits and less towards nurturing our children. This is what I have observed and experienced through my long teaching career and dealing with the children. Many of our innocent, fragile and vulnerable children fall victim to unhealthy and unconducive home atmosphere, unpleasant societal factors and uncongenial school climate which cause irreparable damage and loss to the children’s physical, mental and intellectual growth that cannot be compensated by any material wealth or enjoyment. Children are so delicate physically as well as mentally that even the slightest unhealthy or harsh behavior of a parent or teacher damage their growth beyond repair. Love is the greatest tonic for children’s all round development. Yet many a time we perform poorly in this aspect of child rearing. The other day a child with tears and broken heart approached me and sobbed: “ Sir, I think I cannot write my exam. Then he narrated his painful experience of his unpleasant home atmosphere.  I felt devastated by hearing the child’s heart rending situation. Like this, scores of sad stories of our school children I came across over my teaching career in Bhutan as well as India. So, through this letter I want to be part of you, dear parents, and aspire to participate together with you in offering them a home of love and a school of happiness. Let us try to explore ways and means and apply them to save the children from unpleasant experiences. As their final exams are approaching, we must provide them a happy and harmonious home and school for their study and health so that they can perform well in the exams. John Bowring said: “A happy family is but an earlier heaven.” “ The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother, and the most important thing a mother can do for her children is to love their father.”May God shower all His love and blessings on our children and transform them into fully blossomed Buddhas!

With love and best wishes,

Yours sincerely,
Santosh Chowdhury
Principal
(Ex-Teacher of Bhutan)

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