"Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old he will not depart from it."

Ethically and practically it is undesirable to manipulate emotions, attitudes andvalues among children. But we can neither be too permissive nor too restrictive.It is necessary to lay down some norms and guidelines because the child has to recognize the point at which he can and should draw back. It is a delicate balance of 'Laissez - Faire and that's enough'. A child treated in a fair way has an opportunity of becoming self-confident, self-reliant and as asset to the society. It is for the educationist to ensure that an environment conducive for the blossoming of a tender bud is created. John Locke, the British philosopher, viewed the child's experience and education as determinants to his development. The creative child expresses his special talents in a myriad ways. It is our responsibility to mould his individuality without destroying the basic foundation on which a happy childhood rests. Let us build our castles on these happy foundations. Let us not forget, "As the twig is bent, so grows the tree."

Mrs. Ritu Thakur