For our Sanatana Dharma to transcend time, it is imperative that our kids are trained in the ways of Dharma from a young age. Here are some simple and easy to remember tips for our children to follow on a day-to-day basis. We hope you can help your kids follow these tips and see them spreading their wings in the Dharmic world of tomorrow.
Tip 1: No junk food for ONE day
The kids may not be ready for fasting, but we can make them eat Satvik food for one day in a fortnight. It could be a sacred day such as Ekadashi which comes once a fortnight. They can skip chips, cookies and other fried foods completely this day and participate in their very own ‘fasting’ activity!
Tip 2: Pray TWO times a day
Each day they can prostrate in front of the Gods at home when the lamps are lit. Usually lamps are lit in the early morning as well as during twilight. As one has to be clean during this activity, this will also encourage them to wash themselves twice a day.
Tip 3: Help the household with THREE things
Even small kids can participate in small tasks of the household such as making their own bed, cleaning up their toys and cleaning their plates. These activities will give them a sense of belonging and also teach them responsibilities from a young age.
Tip 4: Respect the FOUR
Our tradition places Maatha (mother), Pithaa (father), Guru (Teacher) and Deivam (God) at the highest level. Kids can be taught to respect all these four from a young age.
Tip 5: Follow the FIVE advices
Kids can be taught to follow these five basic advices and to adhere to them always:
- Speak the truth
- Help the needy
- Respect Elders
- Avoid pride and jealousy
- Trust in God
Tip 6: Wake up at SIX every day
Waking up early in the morning is beneficial in several ways. Kids especially can learn even tough things when they study during early morning. They can be taught to wake up early in the morning.
Tip 7: Praise the Lord of SEVEN Hills
They can be taught to chant the names of Lord Balaji of Seven Hills such as Govinda, Keshava, Narayana and Achyutha. They can greet visitors (in person or by phone) or while saying sorry or exclaiming or sneezing by chanting these names instead of saying ‘hello’, ‘sorry’, ‘oh no!’ or ‘bless you’. This will transform the kids.
Tip 8: Learn at least one Ashtakam (collection of EIGHT shlokas)
There are several shloka collections that are delightful for children. The Ashtakas are one among those which have a set of eight shlokas addressing a single deity. Examples are Mahalakshmi Ashtakam (On Goddess Lakshmi), Krishnashtakam (Krishna), Lingashtakam (Shiva), Bala Mukundashtakam (Little Krishna) etc. Kids can be taught a few of these and can chant these during auspicious occasions.
Tip 9: Go to bed at NINE
For kids to wake up at 6 am in the morning, it is important that they go to bed early, around 9 pm or so. Kids require adequate sleep for their body and mind to grow. So it will be good if they go to sleep early and wake up early.
Tip 10: Spend TEN minutes with Grandparents
With so many distractions and pressure, we find kids don’t spend adequate time with their grandparents. Spending a little bit time with grandparents will give them a lot of joy as well as give the grandparents to teach valuable life lessons to their grand kids.
Hope you find these simple Sanatana Dharma tips useful. We believe teaching these to your kids can help them follow the right path of knowledge while keeping them fit for the challenges the world has to offer!