When I was expecting my daughter, my son was 4 years old. My husband those days was extremely busy with his work and it was me and my sonny boy most of the time. We had involved him from day 1 of my pregnancy. He would hold my hands when I would walk with him on uneven roads or in rainy season. He was only 4, but he was confident that he wouldn’t let me fall. He would come back from school, eat, watch TV for a while or play on his own while I rested, especially during the last trimester. He would accompany me for the regular check-ups, get excited when he heard the Doppler. He was extremely happy when his sister was born and even then took great care.
My son is almost 17 now, but he is still the same..Empathy, love, care, compassion aren’t gender specific.
You can stop your child from watching TV or mobile for bad influence in terms of manners or language, how will the child be protected from badly-behaved elders in and outside the house? They influence much more. Elders who fight, who don’t say sorry, who insult, who rebuke, who use foul language, who yell and shout, who honk unnecessarily, who treat helpers badly, who break the queue, who don’t believe in gender equality, who spit and throw garbage anywhere, the list is endless..
Of course, ultimately the onus to raise “influence-free” kids comes on the parents! 😀
On days when I tell my son to take an auto and save time instead of waiting for the bus and he says “No Maa, A penny saved is a penny earned”, I know he has matured. This is the very child of mine who would ask for a stuff without checking its price or whether its really required or not. Of course, he was much younger back then. Now, he he knows what is important or necessary or priority and what is just an impulsive buy! Of course, we do indulge him once in a while. But this lesson learnt will help him throughout his life.