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An actor, producer, entrepreneur, a devoted husband and the king of romance who still makes a million hearts beat for him- Shahrukh Khan has certainly donned many hats in his lifetime. But one of his less publicised and most successful roles is of a doting father. So, let us have a look at a few parenting lessons which you can learn from the King of Bollywood.
Make your kids your best friends
Gone are the days when parents were required to be strict disciplinarians. Nowadays, parents prefer to be friends with their children.
Learn from SRK: Shahrukh once said in an interview, “I love my children not because they are my children but because I have garnered a friendship with them. I am realising this… as they are getting older, they are my greatest friends. I think my mental age is between 12 to 14, so it is nice to have two friends that I can ever have.” In fact, Suhana gifted her dad a beautiful friendship band on Friendship Day, prompting the actor to tweet, “Feeling friendly now.”
Get inspired: Don’t talk down to your children, talk to them. Become their best buddies.
Give them them the freedom to choose
Nowadays, inter-faith or inter-caste marriages are pretty common. But the problem arises when a child is born. Which religion should he follow?
Learn from SRK: Shahrukh Khan has a unique solution for such parents. He says, “I don't teach my children what is Hindu and what is Muslim.” A liberal man, Shahrukh keeps idols of Hindu Gods right next to his Quran. He believes that children should know about God and nothing else.
Get inspired: Allow your children to grow up in a secular household and teach them to respect all religions.
Time over money
Many parents feel guilty about the fact that they don’t spend enough time with their children. So they shower their kids with expensive gifts to make up.
Learn from SRK: Voted as the super daddy of Bollywood by a leading newspaper, SRK ensures that he makes time for small pleasures of life. He once stepped out on the streets to take Suhana for her first bike ride. It was an emotional moment for him and he tweeted, "One of those days when I go through the emotions. Cycling with Suhana was the highlight.. need to do it more." He even attends taekwondo tournaments, whenever Suhana and Aryan participate. He gives them pep talks before their bouts and cheers the loudest when they win. He drives to airport to fetch Aryan everytime he comes to visit his parents from London.
Get inspired: Make time to be with your little ones. Presentations will come and go, but your baby’s childhood will never return.
You must give your children a chance to fight their own battles, but there are times when they need your tender loving care too.
Learn from SRK: Shahrukh Khan was widely criticised for misbehaving with the guards in Mumbai's Wankhede stadium, but he still remains unapologetic about it. He maintains, “I took little children for the match and 40 grown-up people came charging aggressively at me. I think my behaviour is absolutely correct. I would still do the same thing if they misbehaved with my kids or kids that I am taking care of.” SRK also does not want his children to be in the media glare and it is for this reason, he sent his son Aryan to study abroad, where he will be away from the limelight.
Get inspired: Sometimes it is Ok to intervene in your children’s matters if things are going out of hand.
READY TO CROWN: Senior Congress Leader K. Siddaramaiah has got wings to fly!
“Counting day in fact decides who will count for next 5 years”is
one among the many tweets that made rounds on social networks as results of
Karnataka assembly elections started disclosing, providing reasons to smile for
congress and humiliating the outgoing BJP. There were many more sarcastic
updates from netizens from frustration over both national parties to change of
mood people have voted to Yeddy effect! Yes, the former CM had it all. One read “Yeddyurappa's possible reaction on results: Hum
to doobenge sanam tumko bhi le dubenge.” [We will sink, no doubt, but will take you too to shallow!]
BJP's embarrassing defeat or congress's
sigh-of-relief win or JDS's surprise arrival - all had one thing to applause
for - the Common Man, was no more dumb nor blind enough to forget & forgive
their 'populist' leader. High turnout this time was alarm to this pesky leaders
who least looked at their constituencies but were busy fixing squares at city centers.
From Renukacharya & Shobha Karandlaje to K S Ishwarappa it said it all.
Wife of former CM Anita Kumarswamy who changed her constituency this time in
confidence of winning from anywhere too lost it. Voters this time were clear in
their larger participation; it is your work and not populist image that
mattered to us. Who you are and which party you belongs to is immaterial or so
it spoke the clear wash-out of BJP from Shimoga district which was believed to
be saffron stronghold. Plus Yeddyurappa's KJP too failed badly; former CM was
the sole winner from his party in the area. Independents much to anyone's
surprise beat it at large by defeating even the populist ministers of state.
Mr. Satish Sail who started his political career from scratch by heading minor
to major strikes in coastal belt has triumphantly showed, not money &
liquor but attitude towards work and mingling with social diaspora is what
people prefer most by winning over sitting MLA and Minister Mr. Anand Asnotikar
by a margin of more than 35 thousands. Congress party president G Parameshwar
is another example who even 'hadn't got time to campaign' in his own constituency!
Not just this alone but many in Karnataka have tasted sour defeat after people
got smarter. “Don't just go gaga over mike but get to the
ground and act is the very message voters sent out through the mandate.”
One more worth seeing trend was that, not the
party that people looked up to and voted but candidates and their touch in
respective constituencies is what people watched while press-of-key. Else
former CM Yeddyurappa(KJP) or Vishweshwar Hegde Kageri(BJP) had never won it
again. Yeddyurappa who claimed whopping 50+ seats for his new party had to
settle down with just 6 although he himself won in his own constituency for
record time which solely was credited to the work and developmental initiative
he has taken in time.
Prime Minister ManMohan Singh who is facing heat
of coalgate almost found oxygen in Karnataka results and jumped the gun to say,
"People of Karnataka have rejected BJP ideology." Well, I'm certainly
not a big fan of his logic. If Karnataka has rejected BJP's ideology, what
Gujarat or Goa for instance had rejected? Let's face it Mr. PM. Voter is
getting smarter and quite brainy too. No more are good old days where goodies a
night-before election or caste for that sake had decided outcome of polls.
Not at all parts have voters matured or maybe
they were not served with right dishes as one sitting MLA of three who were
caught watching porn in ongoing assembly has been re-elected with considerable
margin! Anyhow at large it’s a mandate for change although not crystal clear
alternative but less murky one is what people have opted from the turf and in
that sense they have won and showed the power of democracy though once in years.
The big fight 2014 is at door-step. BJP, Congress
or new someone! Whoever it is - pull up your socks and fasten your seat-belts,
work and show us what you are all up to. Stalking houses, rampant allegations
and denials is what everybody does and we have seen them enough. Show us
something new, worth remembering of. You know our memories are quite short but
not rusted forever to forget and forgive time and again!