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Raising your children post-resettlement - how is it going

Started by BNS Forum, Apr 29, 2022, 01:47 PM

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If you've children in the family, are you raising them bi/multilingual? Or differently? How has this experience been? What matters to you while raising children? What about children being glued to electronic devices? Why are you raising the way you're currently raising your children? Feel free to share your thoughts

upendrausa

this is a tough job, especially in America! Raising children in an authoritarian society is a lot easier!! Even those who have grown and groomed in democracy say that. We all have different mental make-ups in regard to raising children here. I believe that some degree of control and rules are required in all families. Unless you are a Muslim, all other cultures are falling apart in terms of grooming children based on our culture and values, Bhutanese are no exceptions. It's not just democracy, it's an ever-changing technological landscape that is making it difficult for everyone. However, parents themselves are not acting like parents. Giving birth seems to be a hallmark of parenting!! That's all. No adults learn this anywhere, neither in the school nor in the temples or churches as to how to bring up children. The majority of us are born without purpose! 

BMDHAKAL

There are challenges that parents of low educational background or all illiterate are currently facing in terms of raising and guiding children. Obviously, parents lack necessary skill and understanding of how the school system feeds the children with different mindset.

Parenting is a skill to learn, but many people have not realized that after resettlement. In families where family and community values are strongly adhered, children have grown to be respectful, proficient in language skills and doing overall good in schools.

BTD

Quote from: BMDHAKAL on May 16, 2022, 06:24 AMThere are challenges that parents of low educational background or all illiterate are currently facing in terms of raising and guiding children. Obviously, parents lack necessary skill and understanding of how the school system feeds the children with different mindset.

Are there any initiatives designed to help such parents learn to cope with the educational and cultural changes they and their children will face?


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TP Mishra

I've a six yr old daughter who is being raised bi-lingual and hoping to add one or two more languages down the road. Our rule is simply: Nepali at home and English at school. But the challenge I can see early on is that if she meets s/one from the same community of her age and if he/she speaks English, she is leaning towards preferring English over Nepali. We keep reminding her its "Nepali" at home and "English" at school. We are raising her bi-lingual because I think it is important for kids to keep up with their mother tongue, so they can learn more about the roots and history down the road. Not everyone in my own family is educated, so it would be painful if I need to interpret while my daughter talks to others in my family only in English.

RP Subba

The Nepali language proficiency problem is severe. TP bhai mentioned about needing language interpreters which is already happening in some households. Even this act of interpreting within us will not be possible in due course of time because we are fast changing from a multi-lingual community to a mono-lingual community. In my time, I could earn a living, as many of us have, by interpreting English to Nepali and vice versa. How surprising that our children will not be able to do so.

Language has its own social side (inter-generational conversation between grand parents and grand children and the emotions in there etc.) and economic side (like the money we earned by interpreting - both a social work and an economic activity). On both sides we are on the receiving end. Language itself has become the most significant factor that divides our generations.   

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