Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Happy April

Well to some,it is just another day in the calendar,
but in Nigeria we like to celebrate everything, from happy new morning, to happy new day,new month new year,
so please celebrate with me and say Happy new month!

I'll do proper post, hopefully this week,
just need to find time to type and then upload and do my blog rounds but time, time ,time!

This morning while reading through the news I came across THIS
9 years olds! planning to cut their teacher???
Please what is happening to us? yes all of us.
It is so easy to point fingers and look away and claiming the responsibility is not ours but we are all in it, and like a domino effect its going to get us all.

Yesterday,I was watching Bill Cosby on Oprah show and he was talking about the same thing too, what are we doing to our children?
Yes, you can say I donot have any kids, but what about your cousins, nieces, nephew,children in your neighbourhood, how do you affect their lives?
When you are with them what do you discuss?
If you are a parent, beyond school fees and clothing what else do you know about your child?
This is becoming an emergency! If we donot address it soon, we'll have a crisis on our hands,it is not just about your kids alone, am not saying you should be put your nose in some else's family, but hey! be more involved in your child's PTA meetings, in that way you know what the other parents are thinking and what the school is planning, because if you bother only about your kid, that other kid you didnot want to see or know nothing about, might affect your child, not in the future, but right now!

What values are we passing unto our children? How much time do we spend with them?
Do we know their friends, not just by their names but who they are and what they up to? I know we are all busy most times, running after how to make ends meet? but when last did you check your daughter homework, or hangout with her alone and talk heart to heart? Family make up the society! whether the extended like we have in most parts of Africa or the nuclear from the monogamous man in Europe, people do not drop from the sky, they are part of a family.

I remember growing up, My mom was a single mom, but everybody helped in raising us, from our neighbours who checked our reports cards before my mom returned from work, to my granma who taught us to basic chores in the house to teaching us the native language,to my uncles and aunties who helped us with our home work and assignments,etc.
Yes,I know time have changed and an average child now may not have the privileges of an extended family and good neighbours and maybe left alone to hired helps,
but is anyone listening to these children? What future are we preparing for them them 10-15 years down the line?
Yes in Nigeria, the education system is going down on the daily, our leaders really donot care, they embezzle most of the funds and send their kids abroad, but for the kids that are here, beyond sending them top notch schools, what else we contributing in their lives? Is it all about the money or whose kids they will mingle with?
Education goes beyond the classroom, that does mean it is not important.

In our own little way how can we make things right?
What are our children watching?
What are they listening to?

Who are they with?
What are they doing?
What are they saying?

Show me our children now, and I'll tell what our society is going to be.
Lets save ourselves, lets save our children.

ps. so much for not having time to type,this serves as a proper post now, lol.


darkelcee said...


is ur operating system vista? or u just want us to decode this?

Have a wonderful Easter too

darkelcee said...

hmmm thought provoking post.

to think a lot of things are going wrong with our children.

i heard a 14 year old teenager telling her friend (after receiving a phone call) that "contestant no 2" just called. WHT? At her age, we knew nada!I havent seen/held a mobile phone.

Maybe we need to go back to those days where a child dont have any right whatsover, you get serious ass-whooping for any mistake done.

Afterall bible sales cane is an effective means of driving foolishness from a child

cut their teacher? we cant even dare look at them then.

Anonymous said...

*Bible says*


omohemi Benson said...

@ Darkelcee,
True talk about the spanking bit,
but we must never overdo it and consistently communicate with our children. Times have changed , but are they ones who change it,
we can make it change for good or bad. It is all up to us,
Thanks for stopping by.