I was in a public bus on a faithful day, while waiting for the bus to get more passengers, a mother boarded the bus with four of her kids. One of them said she was hungry and the mother alighted from the bus to get something to eat. After 10 minutes she returned with a nylon full of donuts. Suddenly she shouted on my!!! This guy gave me 500(Naira) instead of 300(Naira) and I didn’t even check it. One of the kids asked “so what are you going to do mommy?” She answered, ” I am going to return it back to him” and off she went the second time. She returned after about 5 minutes saying that the seller was so happy . i smiled…that is a credible mother . she didn’t mind the stress, she didn’t say its my luck.
That is how to be a perfect example to our children. That is teaching our children honesty and integrity.
Parental responsibilities are numerous. We can’t possibly do it all, sometimes we just do the best that we can and commit the children to God Almighty.
There is a saying in my language that goes thus… “If a child is good, he/she belongs to the father and if a child is bad, he/she belongs to the mother”. I stand to say that when a child turns out good or bad, they belong to both parents. Enough of parents shifting blames from one person to another.
We are perfect examples to how our children turns out. Just as a clay in the hands of the potter, we mold them into what or how we want them to be. If we as parents lack discipline, maturity, character, integrity, focus or direction, our children will turn out the same way unless he/she decides otherwise. It is rare to come by. It is our duty to set the standard by which our children can learn morals and creditable characters as they grow older. If your child watches you tell lies for instant, don’t expect the truth from that child.
Our parental responsibility runs across providing the three basic needs of life to giving education to our kids, correcting, advising, instructing, keeping the family together and living by examples. Our good and bad behaviors are watched and studied carefully by our little ones on a regular basis.
No matter how we choose to look at it, we are totally responsible for how credible our children turn out to be whether we choose to accept it or not.
Do we just do things the way we like not minding whether what we are doing is proper or not? As parents we need to be cautious with what we do and how we do it. It is vital we teach our child(ren) what it means to be responsible from knowing how to talk and treat people, taking care of their personal belongings at home and school, looking out for their younger ones, handling chores, learning to admit when they are wrong, to taking responsibility for their actions.
These same expectations will be easier and natural to follow when they are outside of their home. Recent research also suggests that doing chores build character, develop confidence and create a sense of pride in children who do them.
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