The relationship between siblings is special, but the deep, loving bond between a brother and sister is a blessed one. This Rakshabandhan, let's celebrate this unique circle of love and trust.
By Jasmine Kaur
Relationships are a vital part of our lives. The moments we spend in the company of those dear to us become invaluable experiences and stay in our hearts as cherished memories.
One of the most important and beautiful of relationships is that between siblings, especially between brother and sister. In India, we honour the bond a brother and sister share by celebrating it as the festival of Rakshabandhan.
The word Rakshabandhan is made up of two Sanskrit words 'Raksha' and 'Bandhan'. Translated into English, Rakshabandhan means the 'knot of protection'. This festival is celebrated on the last day of the ‘Shraavana’ month of the Hindu Calendar.
There are many stories about the origin of this festival. However, its significance lies in strengthening and honouring the brother–sister bond. No other relationship is as vibrant and nurturing as the one siblings share. As a parent, you need to teach your children how they can support, encourage, protect and stand by each other.
Tips to Encourage Sibling Bonding: In today’s culture of ‘we two, ours one’, having more than one child is often challenging, and can sometimes be downright stressful. A parent I met recently told me, “When I had one child, I was a parent. Now that I have two, I feel like a referee!” This set me thinking about how we often end up saying and doing things that severely damage the awesome bond that siblings naturally share. I have coined the term ’4Cs‘ as an acronym to remember the typical errors that many parents unknowingly end up committing...Read more
Although siblings are very close and connected to each other, they may also have disagreements from time to time. What parents need to do is encourage siblings to overcome their differences and bond through various activities.
Bonding Activities for Siblings: Childhood is a time for fun and activity. Engaging in carefree play with siblings and doing activities together for fun help children learn many things. It helps them understand team work, sharing responsibilities and working together to accomplish a task. Above all, it helps siblings get closer to each other...Read more
Growing up with a brother or a sister helps children feel happy and secure. So, this Rakshabandhan, explore the cultural roots of this beautiful festival. And, while doing so, celebrate the unique bond of love and trust that your children share.
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Written by Jasmine Kaur on 24 August 2018.
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