Indian Arts and Culture Sikhism All About the Sikh Family The Role of Family Members in Sikhism Share Flipboard Email Print Linda Raymond / Getty Images Sikhism Life and Culture Origins Sacred Scriptures Baby Names By Sukhmandir Khalsa Sikhism Expert Sukhmandir Kaur is a Sikh author, educator, and the president of Dharam Khand Sikh Academy. our editorial process Sukhmandir Khalsa Updated March 28, 2019 Many Sikhs live in extended families. Learn about the role and significance of each family member in Sikhism, as well as customs like baby naming ceremonies. The Role of the Mother in Sikhism A Khalsa mother nurtures her family providing both material and spiritual sustenance. Mother is the first teacher and a model of righteous living. The Role of Fathers in Sikhism A Sikh father takes an active role in family life and in the upbringing of children. Guru Granth Sahib, Sikhism's holy scripture, compares the relationship of the creator and creation to that of father and child. The Role of Grandparents and Grandchildren in Sikhism Gursikh grandparents nurture their grandchildren by providing spiritual experiences and enriching opportunities to enjoy treasured traditions. Many Sikh grandparents play an active role in the upbringing and education of grandchildren in Sikhism. Childbirth and Naming a Newborn In the Sikh tradition a newborn infant is formally presented to Guru Granth Sahib. This occasion may be used as an opportunity to conduct a Sikh baby naming ceremony and sing hymns to bless the newborn. Create a Healthy Environment for Sikh Students Many Sikh students who wear turbans to cover long hair which has never been cut since birth endure bullying and bias at school. It's important to be aware of civil rights regarding bias and safety issues in schools. Federal law protects civil and religious liberties, and prohibits discrimination due to race, religion, ethnic or national origin. Education is a very powerful tool for promoting cross cultural understanding and reducing bias incidents. Teachers have a unique opportunity to provide Sikh students with a positive learning environment. Games Puzzles and Activities Resources For Sikh Families Sikhism trivia games, jigsaw puzzles, coloring pages, story books, animated movies and other activities can provide hours of fun and educational entertainment for families looking for things to do together. Learn kirtan together or make favorite recipes. It's all about togetherness and family fun.