Article By Harshita.
As all mothers, even I wanted to teach my son the culture, which I was brought up in. I wanted to tell him the stories, especially the mythological stories, hearing which we grew up. When my son was about 5 years old.
One evening, I started narrating him the famous story of ‘The birth of Lord Ganapathi’. I expected that he would be happy and astonished. I observed a chain of reactions on his face. I could make out that he was disturbed when,
I said that the Lord Shiva beheaded a boy who stopped him from entering his house as his mother was taking bath. I can never forget the horror on his face when i explained him that boy was given an elephant’s head. Wiping tears with his little hands he asked,
“what happened to the elephant?”. Though I managed to console him, more questions followed which were very much valid and logical.
“Why didn’t Parvathi lock the door while taking bath?’,
“How could a father punish his little boy?”,
“Amma! You had told me that God is very kind, he loves children and treats everyone equally, then why did he punish
Ganesha and why he had to kill the elephant?”
Somehow I managed to end up the story by adding my own facts.
This particular incident made me reconsider the way I wanted to narrate mythological stories to kids.
Shall I inculcate anything and everything in their pure mind in the name of ‘My Culture’ and ‘My Religion’?
Should I be scientific in my approach and make kids learn the hidden moral teachings behind these stories?
Perhaps, this is the purpose of Mythological stories – to stem a firm moral and ethical foundation in children.
So now before telling my kids any stories, I do homework.
I make sure the stories contain no violence.
I chose the stories which are logical and with true facts.
The story should have a moral and expect the kids to tell the moral.
I completely avoid stories not only with violence but also which violate the modesty of women.
Now I am better prepared to answer their questions. Also sometimes I ask the children to finish the story themselves, to keep their little brain at work. This would not only improve their reasoning but also helps them to take decisions in real time situation.
We can chose selective mythological stories for kids-
Which actually initiate thinking process in kids,
Which make them understand what is good and what is bad.
Which inculcates wisdom, discipline, devotion, dedication in them.
A child’s mind is like a fertile land. Its in our hands to make a beautiful garden out of it, because the sweetness of the fruit depends on the seeds we sow today.