Before you build up any strong opiniongs reading the title, here is a little disclaimer:
I know Indian parents are awesome and they do the best to take care of us but there are surely gaps. This piece
is just an opinion based on my small set of personal observations.
With that said lets start with what Indian parents are (or atleast were in 90s when I grew up) missing to teach their kids:
1) Importance of Sports and Physical Exercise:
Things might be different now but growing up, my parents never told me to go out an exercise. I had no clue on what exercise
was and what it entails. I was never told to engage in a sport (Choose a sport I love and pursue it). Now that I
think of it, the importance of sports was probably equivalent to watching TV (Seriously!).
Getting good grades? Cool. On top of your class? Cool.
Now you can do whatever the hell you want!
2) Importance of healthy diet:
Okay so this one is not as bad as point one. I did get some very basic pointers but it was definitely not enough.
Ofcourse I was taught that maggie is not good for health and drinking Coke and Pepsi will make me fat.
However, a healthy diet is more nuanced. I certainly lacked a lot of healthy diet know how.
WHY do Indian Parents miss out on it?
Our parents were probably never taught these skills by their parents. Add to that the socio-geo-economical coniditons of 90s India,
there was no way to get this information for them. They were basically victims too.
Thank god for us, we now have internet and a lot more material resources at our disposal.
It is time now for us make the right life choices and lead a healthy life (and teach these essential skills to our kids).