Character formation of children in modern times

Every child’s life preoccupations and hobbies include things that reflect their interests and temperament. His deep interest in a particular game or pastime positively or negatively affects his character and actions. This play and entertainment also include the toys reflecting his mental trend.

Some children are technically minded and are always interested in building, inspecting, and repairing things. On the contrary, some children are literary-minded; they have a passion for reading stories, narratives, and various topics from childhood. Among this group of children, some waste their time fighting, rioting, and brawling all the time; they sit low in homes and not in schools and madrasas. These children often ask for things that are harmful not only to them but also to other people. For example, along with other myths spread in society today, most children have developed a tendency to play with toy weapons. Children sometimes acquire these fake weapons from their own pockets or from parents and guardians.

Often, parents and guardians consider it necessary to fulfill their every request while caring for their children. These unnecessary requests are somewhat dangerous and, in turn, become hazardous for children and other members of society. The tragedy of our nation is that as much as it emphasizes children’s education and as much sensitivity it shows in this matter, it does not pay attention to children’s education. While proper and healthy training is also integrated with education.

Psychologists say that the real personality of a child is formed in childhood and the effects that childhood leaves on the mind are permanent and lasting. According to modern research, eighty percent of children’s personalities’ positive or negative development is completed by the first six years of age. The rest of life is a reflection of these advantages and disadvantages. At this age, the mood, habits, tastes, and hobbies are put on the path; he remains a traveler on this excellent or wrong path.

Maulana Hufzur Rehman Siwaharvi has written in “Ethics and Moral Philosophy” that “the actions that we performed in the early stages of our life remain the name of repetition of these actions and thoughts throughout our life.” So, if we develop good habits from childhood, then in the rest of our lives, we will continue to be attracted to these same habits and make them our goal in life and benefit significantly from them.

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