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Instilling a sense of pride of our large country with its wide spectrum of diversities, is not only a must-do with our kids, the future citizens of tomorrow, but a difficult one too. After all, how do you tell what is Republic Day and what is constitution and why was it made, to a toddler who has just got introduced to books?
BabyChakra MomStar Jyothi Shroff did it. Here's her little anecdote!
With the Republic day approaching, I thought it would be a great idea to explain my three-year-old about its importance as she had just started learning about India and national symbols in her play school.
Pictures had always worked for us. I showed her pictures of India before Independence, Mahatma Gandhi, Subhash Chandra Bose, Bhagat Singh, Dr. B. R Ambedkar and few other freedom fighters. Meanwhile, she recalled Gandhiji on our currency notes. That encouraged me to go further!
I sat down and explained to her – In order to maintain orderliness and decorum in the Independent India, there was a book written by few great men which is called the 'Constitution of India'. It came into force on January 26, 1950, which we fondly celebrate as Republic Day.
She looked perplexed, and of course I didn't expect her to understand all that I had just said. A few seconds later, she remarked 'Jai Hind' holding our national flag. And yes we cracked it! That wow-moment was the one that I surely will cherish.
So don't worry about what your child will understand or how she will respond, just go ahead and share the story with your children. It will definitely stay with them in the years to come!
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