As our little scholar, Cyrus, straps on his backpack for the big return to school, it’s triggered my reflections on the wisdom gained during the pandemic and our Persian parenting adventure.
Recent findings from Busy Bees, the maestros of early years, uncovered fascinating insights into the epiphanies parents have unearthed. The resounding lesson? Family, or as we say, Khanevadeh, stands as our resilient fortress, despite being miles apart from each other. A resounding 46 per cent of respondents in the Busy Bees poll confessed to a newfound “Doranevadeh” (parental appreciation). It seems the simple joys of life (37 per cent), a touch of Tabiat (nature) therapy (29 per cent), and embracing the humility of seeking Komak (help) (28 per cent) have also emerged as precious pandemic pearls.
24 per cent of parents in the survey nodded about the often-overlooked heroics of Moallem (teachers) and Nezaratgah (nursery staff). While more than half of the surveyed parents (57 per cent) revealed in the revelation that lockdown brought them closer to their Farzandan (children).
As we bid farewell to lockdown, the research transforms into a collective Dafte Asnaad (diary entry) of the lessons etched into our lives. From flour-dusted kitchen adventures to communing with Tabiat, the past 12 months have been a whirlwhind of shared experiences. We even took on the challenge of homeschooling Cyrus, navigating a unique Persian-style Madreseh Dar Khane (home school).
With the imminent return to school, the air in our household is infused with excitement. Cyrus is buzzing with enthusiasm, and we’re equally thrilled. Navigating this unusual chapter together has reaffirmed the invaluable support and structure that school, or Madreseh, provides for young minds.
As we say, Golchineh Tasvir, of the lessons we’ve embraced over the past year.