Abhishek Bachchan’s parenting style
Abhishek Bachchan is not just a stellar Bollywood actor but a man who takes pride in being the the father of a lovely daughter, Aaradhya Bachchan
Playing a doting father
Aaradhya Bachchan, who will turn 13 in November of this year, is well loved and protected by father Abhishek and Aishwarya Rai Bacchan as she gets too many eyes all the time due to the celebrity status of the family she’s born in.
Abhishek recently gave his two cents about parenting, managing the house and what it takes to excel at being a father of a young generation kid.
Go with the flow
In his interview with a leading website, Abhishek said, “The thing is do not try and deal with it. That is life. Every subsequent generation matures faster. Maybe, when we were kids, our parents thought we were too fast for them.”
Don’t shame kids for being privileged
“This generation has been born in a world where they have not seen the process it took us to reach where we have reached,” said the Guru actor.
Technology isn’t the only thing ruining kids
“I have a nephew and a niece and they were given a mobile phone when they turned 10, ” he questioned his sister, Shweta Bachchan, when her kids were given phones at the age of ten. In turn, she asked him about the age when he got his first mobile phone, and the age when their father -Amitabh Bachchan – got his first mobile phone. “My sister told me ‘do you think he got upset when you got a mobile phone at 22?’ This new generation is better informed. They are born in this world (where the information is all at their fingertips),” said Abhishek.
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Gen Z is well informed
“I remember I found it breathtaking when I first saw the Taj Mahal, but I do not think the current generation will be overawed (by the Taj Mahal) because they have seen it on the internet. They are not preposterous, they are just far better informed. So, their wonderment is not at the level that ours was.”
Better half does a better job at parenting
“I have to put a caveat here – I do not do the heavy lifting at home. That is entirely done by my wife. She allows me to go and do my work.”
Answer their curiosity
“The point is, do not try and deal with it. I do not think the new generation has a sense of hierarchy. That was something we were brought up with. They are inquisitive… they are like ‘Why? Why should I just listen to you because you are my mother?’ They are far more informed, they are born into this era of information and technology. (So my advice is just) answer their questions.”
Protect your child’s dignity
“The only parenting tip I can give anybody is never compromise on your child’s dignity. Sometimes, we feel like reprimanding them because that is how we were brought up. That is how we were reprimanded and disciplined as children, but this generation is far more sensitive.
Validate their feelings
Maybe because they have not seen the upheavals our parents or grandparents saw…If you compromise their dignity while reprimanding, they are just going to switch off to you.”
You can’t control what parenting offers you
“Basically, in a nutshell, you can’t do anything. Just give them an Ipad and (waves) bye,” he said.
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