Anupam Sibal has one overriding piece of advice for parents – give the job 100 per cent.
The group medical director of Apollo Hospitals in India says parents all over the world worry about whether their child will live up to his or her potential.
To address these concerns, he decided to write a book Is Your Child Ready to Face the World? which draws on his experience as a dad to a young adult as well as his expertise as a paediatrician.
Professor Sibal was one of several authors whose books featured at the first ever APAC Forum book stand this year. Ko Awatea’s David Galler’s book Things that Matter and keynote speaker Janine Shepherd’s Never Tell Me Never were among the works on display and for sale.
Speaking to Ko Awatea during APAC Forum in Sydney at which he was a presenter, Professor Sibal says his book offers parents 50 “dos and don’ts”. The Biggest “don’t”, he says, is to preach to children and young people.
“The way we were raised is not likely to work with our kids,” he says.
He emphasises the need to establish strong bonds well before children hit their teens.
“It’s hard to communicate with teenagers so you really have to build a bond much earlier.”
It is also essential that parents remember their own needs must come second to the needs of their child.
Is Your Child Ready to Face the World was published in December 2015.