An actor, producer, entrepreneur, a devoted husband and the king of romance who still makes a million hearts beat for him- Shah Rukh Khan has certainly donned many hats in his lifetime. But one of his less publicised and most successful roles is of a doting father. So, let us have a look at a few parenting lessons which you can learn from the King of Bollywood.
#1. Make your kids your best friends
Gone are the days when parents were required to be strict disciplinarians. Nowadays, parents prefer to be friends with their children.
Learn from SRK: Shah Rukh once said in an interview, “I love my children not because they are my children but because I have garnered a friendship with them. I am realising this… as they are getting older, they are my greatest friends. I think my mental age is between 12 to 14, so it is nice to have two friends that I can ever have.”
In fact, Suhana gifted her dad a beautiful friendship band on Friendship Day, prompting the actor to tweet, “Feeling friendly now.”
Get inspired: Don’t talk down to your children, talk to them. Become their best buddies!
Did you know that Shah Rukh Khan's youngest son, AbRam was born through surrogacy? Well, Shah Rukh and Gauri are not the only ones who chose to have a kid with the help of science. Read More on Bollywood Celebrities Who Did Not Conceive Naturally
#2. Give them the freedom to choose
Nowadays, inter-faith or inter-caste marriages are pretty common. But the problem arises when a child is born. Which religion should he or she follow?
Learn from SRK: Shah Rukh Khan has a unique solution for such parents. He says, “I don't teach my children what is Hindu and what is Muslim.”
A liberal man, Shah Rukh, keeps idols of Hindu Gods right next to his Quran. He believes that children should know about God and nothing else. Well, not just this. Shah Rukh Khan has named his youngest son AbRam, and talking about his choice of such a unique name the actor has been quoted saying, “His name is based on a variation of Prophet Abraham. And, I liked the connotation that it is kind of a secular name (with the word ‘Ram’ in it).”
Get inspired: Allow your children to grow up in a secular household and teach them to respect all religions.
#3. Time over money
Many parents feel guilty about the fact that they don’t spend enough time with their children. So, they shower their kids with expensive gifts to make up for the lack of time.
Learn from SRK: Voted to be one of the 'super dads' of Bollywood by many leading newspapers time and again, SRK ensures that he makes time for small pleasures of life. He once stepped out on the streets to take Suhana for her first bike ride. It was an emotional moment for him and he tweeted, "One of those days when I go through the emotions. Cycling with Suhana was the highlight.. need to do it more."
He even attends taekwondo tournaments, whenever Suhana and Aryan participate. He gives them pep talks before their bouts and cheers the loudest when they win. He drives to airport to fetch Aryan everytime he comes to visit his parents from London.
Get inspired: Make time to be with your little ones. Presentations will come and go, but your baby’s childhood will never return.
#4. Protect your children
You must give your children a chance to fight their own battles, but there are times when they need your tender loving care too.
Learn from SRK: Shah Rukh Khan was widely criticised for misbehaving with the guards in Mumbai's Wankhede stadium, but he still remains unapologetic about it. He maintains, “I took little children for the match and 40 grown-up people came charging aggressively at me. I think my behaviour is absolutely correct. I would still do the same thing if they misbehaved with my kids or kids that I am taking care of.”
SRK also does not want his children to be in the media glare and it is for this reason, he sent his son Aryan to study abroad, where he will be away from the limelight. Even after his third child AbRam was born, Shah Rukh made the decision of keeping him away from the media glare. He has even said, “He (AbRam) is not meant for flashbulbs. I don’t want him to be a participant in this circus of public life that I am a part of. That is what I do… Public life… The good, bad, ugly, goodness of media, the strangeness… I am part of it, not my children."
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Get inspired: Sometimes it is okay to intervene in your children’s matters if things are going out of hand.
Well, this doting dad certainly knows how to be a father and friend to his kids. So, are you feeling inspired by this Bollywood father?