If you are a professional in an emerging industry, like gaming, data science, cloud computing, digital marketing etc., that has promising career opportunities, this is your chance to be featured in #CareerKiPaathshaala. Fill up this form today!
Pivoting is an essential skill needed in the wake of this new normal, here's how you can help your kids learn this!
Pivoting is an essential skill needed in the wake of this new normal, here’s how you can help your kids learn this!
A software engineer is now selling vegetables, a teacher is making and selling papads, a corporate executive has become a home baker; the stories of people pivoting and taking up new livelihoods for financial reasons are lessons in disguise.
These are lessons for us to learn, as well as to inculcate in our children. These are lessons that teach us that life can throw a curveball anytime and we need to deal with it. And so, failure is sometimes not because of us but because of circumstances. We, therefore, cannot, give undue importance to winning and scoring cent per cent results.
This situation is giving us a chance to explain to the kids that while knowing what they want to do in future is important, being able to rise to challenges is meritorious as well. Pushing our kids to succeed all the time is equal to not preparing them for failure in the future.
It also teaches us the importance of humility and dignity of labour. I remember being told by a fellow parent that a Montessori school which encourages kids to be responsible for cleanliness, was not happy when the kid refused to clean up after his mess. The kid’s response was that it was the job of the maid and not his. The school called all parents for a meeting and elucidated this example to show them how subconsciously, by refusing to allow kids to touch the broom and the mop, we were instilling biases in them. How would such a kid learn to pivot in the future, in the face of a crisis like Covid-19?
Adaptability is another major lesson being learnt through pivoting. As kids, we are never told about the struggles that our parents went through to make lives better for us. Due to a personal crisis, my parents had to start from scratch. But they never took loans as they believed in making do with what they had. Strangely enough, I do not remember life being tough then either. It is because happiness was not made of what house we lived in or what car we drove. My parents taught us that adaptability is the key to happiness. It is another lesson, worth passing on to our kids, in the garb of pivoting.
Finally, pivoting also teaches us balance. When all our eggs are in one basket, that basket becomes the sole contributor of our well-being. Losing it makes us believe it is the end. However, spreading out our sources of happiness into little nuggets of family, friends, work, hobbies and social work makes us realize that even if one fails, there is so much to fall back on. The only way to teach kids about balance, is by living life in this pattern.
Picture Credits: Pexels
Women's Web is an open platform that publishes a diversity of views. Individual posts do not necessarily represent the platform's views and opinions at all times. If you have a complementary or differing point of view, sign up and start sharing your views too!
I am a freelance writer based out of Bangalore. read more...
Women's Web is an open platform that publishes a diversity of views, individual posts do not necessarily represent the platform's views and opinions at all times.
Stay updated with our Weekly Newsletter or Daily Summary - or both!
Shows like Indian Matchmaking only further the argument that women must adhere to social norms without being allowed to follow their hearts.
When Netflix announced that Indian Matchmaking (2020-present) would be renewed for a second season, many of us hoped for the makers of the show to take all the criticism they faced seriously. That is definitely not the case because the show still continues to celebrate regressive patriarchal values.
Here are a few of the gendered notions that the show propagates.
A mediocre man can give himself a 9.5/10 and call himself ‘the world’s most eligible bachelor’, but an independent and successful woman must be happy with receiving just 60-70% of what she feels she deserves.
Darlings makes some excellent points about domestic violence . For such a movie to not follow through with a resolution that won't be problematic, is disappointing.
I watched Darlings last weekend, staying on top of its release on Netflix. It was a long-awaited respite from the recent flicks. I wanted badly to jump into its praise and will praise it, for something has to be said for the powerhouse performances it is packed with. But I will not be able to in a way that I really had wanted to.
I wanted to say that this is a must-watch on domestic violence that I stand behind and a needed and nuanced social portrayal. But unfortunately, I can’t. For I found Darlings to be deeply problematic when it comes to the portrayal of domestic violence and how that should be dealt with.
Before we rush to the ‘you must be having a problem because a man was hit’ or ‘much worse happens to women’ conclusions, that is not what my issue is. I have seen the praises and criticisms, and the criticisms of criticisms. I know, from having had close associations with non-profits and activists who fight domestic violence not just in India but globally, that much worse happens to women. I have written a book with case studies and statistics on that. Neither do I have any moral qualms around violence getting tackled with violence (that will be another post some day).