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 that of a doting father. So, let us have a look at a few parenting lessons, which you can learn from the King of Bollywood.
Before moving on, let us tell you, one of Shah Rukh Khan's closest friends, Karan Johar, has said this on terms of his parenting skills:
“Shah Rukh is amazing. He’s such a hands-on parent and a very inspiring parent to me."
Gone are the days when parents were required to be strict disciplinarians. Nowadays, parents prefer to be friends with their children. 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.”
Aryan who is studying abroad, couldn't be home to wish his father's 51st birthday. So instead he took to instagram to tell the world how much he loves his father.
“He can play like kid, give advice like a friend and protect like a bodyguard. Happy Birthday to you. We Love You BossMan.”
In fact, Suhana gifted her dad a beautiful friendship band on Friendship Day, prompting the actor to tweet:
“Feeling friendly now."
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? Shah Rukh Khan has a unique solution for such parents. He once said:
“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. Allow your children to grow up in a secular household, and teach them to respect all religions. 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).”
Many parents feel guilty about the fact that they do not spend enough time with their children. So, they shower their kids with expensive gifts to make up for the lack of time. Voted to be one of the 'super dads' of Bollywood by many leading newspapers time and again, SRK ensures that he makes time for the 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 in them. He gives them pep talks before their bouts and cheers the loudest when they win. He drives to the airport to fetch Aryan every time he comes to visit his parents from London. Make time to be with your little ones. Presentations will come and go, but your baby’s childhood will never return.
You must give your children a chance to fight their own battles, but there are times when they need your tender loving care too. Shah Rukh Khan was widely criticised for misbehaving with the guards in Mumbai's Wankhede stadium, but he still remains unapologetic about it.
“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."
Sometimes it is okay to intervene in your children’s matters if things are going out of hand.
There is no harm if you behave like kids when you are around them. Learn this from the ‘King Khan’ himself. The dashing star surprised one and all when he stepped out on Mumbai street for a cycle ride with his daughter Suhana. In fact, he was very casual about being clicked on the streets, but his daddy cool image was to be showered by brownie points. Before the ride, he Tweeted this on Twitter:
"Taking daughter for a cycle ride in Bandra...hmmm, let's see how it turns out...a first for us."
After which he posted:
"One of those days when I go through the emotions. Find myself wanting little pleasures. Cycling with Suhana was the highlight...need to do it more."
Not just this, in fact, on a recent family trip to Dubai, he was out in the dunes and having a gala time with his son, Aryan and daughter, Suhana. He played soccer with them and ended up hurting himself hard. He didn’t mind it since the playdate sort of made them super-happy.
What if you shower your baby with the most unique and thoughtful gift ever? Isn’t this an amazing idea? Shah Rukh Khan knows it quite well how to ace this idea. Well, in order to make sure that the childhood of AbRam stays unaffected, Shah Rukh Khan gifted AbRam an innovative and creative little tree house. They got a famous film production designer, Sabu Cyril, to execute a tree house for their little guy. Yes, an actual tree house! Here, take a look at the lovely pictures of the tree house:
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Doting daddy, Shah Rukh Khan tells you the most fun and modern way of making your babies happy. Well, in today’s world, there would hardly be any kid who doesn’t like to get clicked. So, just like that spending time with your little ones in a fun photoshoot is yet another interesting idea. Shah Rukh Khan has had such lovely moments quite a lot of time. Here are some throwback funny and candid pictures of Shah Rukh Khan with his kids. Check out:
Are you a watchful father to your daughter? Well, at some level it is fine and fair. Shah Rukh Khan too, is a possessive or rather we should say a doting daddy. The reason why we are saying so as he has listed seven dating rules for whosoever the one would be in Suhana’s life. Shah Rukh is not going to take it lightly when it is about her. The seven rules are:
Shah Rukh takes to his official social media accounts most of the times to wish his loved ones. And same is the case when it is his babies’ birthday. So just recently, on May 27, 2018, which was AbRam’s fifth birthday, dear daddy took to Instagram and shared a “sunkissed” picture of the poser baby AbRam. Pouring his heart out in the caption, papa dear wrote, “My sunshine turns 5 yrs today but he thinks he is 9! Please don’t tell him otherwise if u meet him. Children should hear their own music, sing their own songs & believe in their own lil dreams & yeah, hug their papa a lot.” Here, take a look:
PDA with partners on social media is very common in today’s world. But Shah Rukh Khan makes his 'apples of the eyes' happy by displaying his love for them on his Twitter page. Time and again he makes his kids happy by dedicating something or the other there online. Some time back, the actor wrote a tweet for his eldest son, Aryan Khan. He wrote, “There was a time I could hold this bundle of innocence in my arms...now it towers over me. Time & sons move so fast."
And then later when he talked about his kids, he was quoted as saying:
"None of my children have my habits. I thank god for that. They are good kids. The only commonality between Suhana, AbRam and me is that we get dimples."
He further added:
"I would like them to be healthy and happy. Do whatever they wish.”
What’s wrong in shouting out loud that yes you miss your pieces of heart when you are away from them. Shah Rukh Khan is extremely attached to his kids and it has always been very much evident all this while. To quote one instance from many, when Shah Rukh Khan was busy shooting for his movie Happy New Year, he was missing kids. So, what he did was, he took to Instagram and posted a few pictures of his babies and wrote:
"Missing my kids, a lot today...so being a boring parent & showing their pics...sorry."
Well, this doting dad certainly knows how to be a father and a friend to his kids at the same time. So, are you feeling inspired by this Bollywood father?