The Child is the Father of a Man
This proverb is given by the famous poem “Rainbow” by William
Wordsworth. He expressed the view that man is the product of his
habits and behavior developed in childhood. Childhood is the most
essential period of a person’s life. It is the stage to bring up
the characteristics and develop the qualities for the whole life
which will never be denied.The qualities shown by a child is the
indication of what the child is going to be when he will become a
man. All the qualities physical, mental, emotional and spiritual
which will be found in the future man were profoundly present in
childhood. The qualities which a child genetically inherits from
his parents and also develops those skills in future which he begin
to manifest in his early days.
In the age of initial stages up to seven years, a child is sharp
and the acquire things from his surrounding in very a short time.
The first and most important school is the home of a child, and it
is first stage of learning, therefore it is the responsibility of
the parents to take a good care of the child, put the positive
behavior in their mind, never shows aggressiveness and strictly
avoids any kind of fear to solve problems in front of the child.
Socialize them according to the social norms and values in the
society, and maintain good care about their health and provide them
excellent nutrition. There is a well said by Walt Disney:
“Our greatest natural resource is the minds of our children”
Although he pick up the things from the surrounding through
enculturation, and become highly educated but he will never forget
his early promises. Without any diversity it is impossible to
differentiate between the behaviors of the people in the society.
Childhood is the foundation of a man. For example there is a boy in
Italy who was fond of painting pictures. But no paints were
available for him to paint with. Being an ingenious the lad made
his paint. He crushed flowers of various hues and used the paint so
obtained to make pictures. In the absence of canvas, to paint upon,
he used the white walls of his father house to his canvas, and many
were the pictures he painted on the walls. This young lad fulfilled
the promise of his early years he Titian, one of the greatest
artist of Italy. He proved the truth of the saying that the child
is the father of a man.
It is said that childhood shows the man like morning shows the day.
If the morning is fair, the day is expected to be fair. If the
child shows good character in future he would be a good man.
Childhood is the outcome of a man, is recognized by the
characteristics of his pre-mature age. The necessary thing is to
have a strong will power, (self-determination) in one child; it
means that “today’s child is the father of tomorrow” and
through one person a whole nation will be changed.
M.sc student Quaid-i-Azam University