Parenting Tips By Mrs. Meenal Arora

Parental Collaboration & Co-operation towards creating a sustainable Society

“If you are thinking a year ahead, plant a seed…If you are thinking a decade ahead, plant a tree…but if you are thinking a century ahead, educate the people”

With passing time, we all are facing the effects of pollution, like increasing temperatures, intensifying weather patterns, rising sea levels, depleting non-renewable resources, deteriorating general health causing risks to both people and the environment. These pose as major threats towards sustainability of our society in future. The guiding rule for a sustainable society is that people must seek harmony with other people and with nature by sharing with each other and caring for the Mother Earth. It is time to think about how to be caretakers of our planet and take a considerate and responsible approach to preservation and conservation.

Schools play a major role in shaping students' environmental consciousness and behaviors, which leads to long-term impacts that help the environment. We at SHEMROCK, play a big role in educating the young about various environmental issues like plantation, energy and pollution. Teachers also take up interesting projects and meaningful conversation on the 3 Rs (Reduce, Recycle and Reuse) of saving the planet. This way, children not only take the time to appreciate the earth and all of its wonderful resources, but also learn how to take care of their 'mother earth'. You as parents also have the greatest influence in shaping young children's attitudes, values, behaviours, habits and skills. You can play a central role in educating your child for sustainable development. Often, grandparents have old wisdom about ways of life that favour living together, preservation of the nature throughout generations etc. This way parental involvement complements what children experience in the school. Following are some of the ways of spreading awareness;

• Encourage him/her, not to unnecessarily waste water while brushing his/her teeth and to close the tap when not in use.

• Explain to your child that lights, computers and televisions use energy and that energy is in short supply. Therefore, he/she should switch off lights and fans when no one is using that room.

• Tell him/her not to leave the refrigerator door open. Encourage him/her to get what he/she wants quickly and shut the door.

• Promote healthy eating by reducing sugar and processed food. Help him/her choose products that are not over packaged, instead focus on fresh fruits and vegetables.

• Encourage him/her to use paper or cloth bags instead of plastic bags. Explain him/her that it takes millions of years for plastic to decompose itself.

• Try to reuse what you already have. For example you can tell your child to use the comic pages of a magazine as a wrapping paper. Encourage him/her to reuse the plain and blank side of a used paper or junk mail. Use sponge or washable cloth instead of paper towel to clean up messes.

• Children can learn to recycle from a very early age and it helps them feel as they may have some control over making their own world a better place. As parents you can help him/her create useful products from old and waste products at home.

Lastly, it is high time we realize that even though we are the most "intelligent" beings on the planet, that doesn't mean we are more important than any other life form. A sustainable environment can be created by realizing that everything is interdependent with each other and is of equal importance. Trees, the atmosphere, air, water, humans, animals, plants, etc. all depend on each other for their own survival and each play a significant role in creating a sustainable society. The goal is to appreciate that what life is giving and not continue to misuse it. So, besides educating the next generation of leaders, be a role-model for them by following the above suggestions yourself and treating the earth how you want the earth to treat you. In this way, together with your child, you can contribute towards creating a sustainable society.

In the end, keep in mind:
• Don't Waste Water
• Save Paper, Save Trees, Save the Planet
• Save the Earth, Plant a Tree!
• To Sit in the Shade, You Have to Save Paper First
Keep it Green, Keep it Clean!

Mrs. Meenal Arora (B.Com (H), P.G. in Global Business Management (S.R.C.C.), Doct. Researcher, Ed. Leadership & Management (Univ. of Nottingham, U.K.)) is the Executive Director & COO of SHEMROCK & SHEMFORD Group of Schools. A committed Education professional, with a passion for quality and innovation, Mrs. Meenal Arora is a thoroughbred education Researcher. She has demonstrated her commitment to innovation in school curriculum by being the primary force behind the development of the ShemEduMAXTM system, which is implemented across all SHEMFORD & SHEMROCK Schools and is based on the latest research findings and changing needs. As head of the school curriculum division, Mrs. Arora’s responsibilities extend to designing, innovating, and developing educational systems. She also heads the ‘Training & Development’ department and has keen interest in ‘Systems Development’ & ‘Branch Support’. Mrs. Arora was honoured with the Club Mahindra annual award for “Outstanding Achievement in School Management” and the “Women Entrepreneur of the Year 2009” by honourable Union Minister of State of Home Affairs, Shri Sriprakash Jaiswal in New Delhi. In January 2010, Mrs. Arora was also awarded the Parent Teacher Golden Jubilee National Award, by the PTA of India. Her outstanding management was also recognized by Business Sphere Magazine with 'Excellence in School Management' Award at their 9th Annual Awards Function, recently.