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Juhi Sharma’s not-for-profit organisation Light Up focuses on harnessing the emotional intelligence of children, parents and teachers, and providing them with tools to form a cohesive, non-violent, and caring community. The education system, Juhi believes, fails to help children build a strong emotional foundation and skill sets which would help them to “survive in the real world”. Real-life experiences teach them “a half-baked approach” that often manifests itself in layers of anger issues, fear and sadness, and more importantly, signs of early stage anxiety and depression.
It’s not that Western parents and kids are somehow deficient. But we live in a culture that holds historically unprecedented expectations about how to raise children. Examples: Each child is a unique individual who must be allowed to make decisions independently; children are precious and innocent, so their needs are more important than those of adults; and kids need to be protected from themselves by constant adult supervision.
During an anecdote about trying to get Blue Ivy into the car to get to school, Jay Z marvels at his daughter’s emotional intelligence.“We’re driving and I hear a little voice. ‘Dad?’ I turn around and she goes, ‘I didn’t like when you told me to get in the car the way you told me.’ She’s six! ‘It hurt my feelings.’ And I was like, ‘That is the most beautiful thing you’ve ever said to me!’”