Presentation on theme: "A unique challenge to Indian American Parents. Two careers and two cultures Two careers create very little time Two cultures create unique challenges."— Presentation transcript:
Two careers and two cultures Two careers create very little time Two cultures create unique challenges
Parenting is a journey We learn: about ourselves Our values Our childhood Our spouse and we can: Shape the future Mold a global citizen Contribute to humanity
Raising a culturally balanced child Exposure to the American culture and language is organic Exposure to the Indian culture will have to be created
What is culture? Indian culture is complex It is also very fluid – like a river it is ever changing – just slightly (as it assimilates from the surrounding, there is also a sense of continuity)
Obstacles Lack of time Lack of clarity about what to teach Lack of resources Spouse with a different idea about culture Lack of training – especially in communication Complexity of Indian culture
You and your spouse Are you two on the same page? Or at least reading from the same book?
What do you consider culture? Respect and reverence Social skills Language Religion Art Music literature
What is most important to you? Visualize your child as an adult What would you like him or her to be doing?
Assimilation or Alienation? Lunch: Indian or Western? Which language to teach? Dress Activities
How do you do it? Giving samskara is a slow process You have to do it day in and day out You have to be the role model of what you want to preach Be open - create an environment for learning Art of communication
Communication Sensitivity Patience Respect Sense of humor Sharing Timing
Day to day life Use of prayers Books Music Stories Breathing techniques yoga
Festivals Be creative Choose one family festival Involve children in a true sense Have fun
Traditions What are the benefits of some traditions? Do you have one? Can you create one? What are traditions?
Indian art or music Enroll in one of the classes Understand the long term value of it
A small window of time The first 7 years of your child’s life We can stretch it to may be ten years But our time is limited