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The Need To Apply Wisdom When Raising Children [Part 1 of 2]

Raising of children is one of the greatest assignments God bestowed upon humanity. The task is so daunting, demanding and exhaustive. Below ...

Raising of children is one of the greatest assignments God bestowed upon humanity. The task is so daunting, demanding and exhaustive. Below are some of the nuggets one can use in order to bring out the best in their children.


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1. AVOID GIVING CHILDREN EVERYTHING THEY ASK FOR:
You might be affording everything they ask for, which is cool, but children need to be trained to be responsible with resources. They have to be cognisant of the fact that life does not give people everything for free. Let your children know and appreciate that having “everything” is just a priviledge due to circumstances, not a right they are born with. If they understand that, they will grow up being responsible with resources at their disposal. Even if you build empires for them, chances are very high that they will be good stewards of the same.

2. DO NOT LAUGH WHEN YOUR CHILDREN SPEAK INSULTING WORDS:
Children must be taught from an early age that words have the power to build or destroy people in life. On one hand words carry the weight of motivation, good reputation, perseverance and diligence. On the other hand words have sent many people into jails, got some admitted into hospitals with life-threatening conditions, led some to commit suicide; and have destroyed families, neighbourhoods, and nations for good. Words are credited with many graves of all ages scattered all over the cemeteries of this world. Therefore, do not be a parent or guardian who take insulting words uttered by your children with a lackadaisical approach. Tomorrow, you and your children might wake up as victims of the negative power of words.

“Gentle words bring life and health; a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit” Proverbs 15:4.

“A person's words can be life-giving water; words of true wisdom are as refreshing as a bubbling brook” Proverbs 18:4.

3. DO NOT REMAIN INSENSITIVE TO BAD BEHAVIOUR:
Children must be taught that this world has laws, rules and regulations that govern human behaviour and conduct. They must grow up fully equipped to submit to the dictates of the society, ceteris paribus. When you raise stubborn and insensitive children the world tends to be so harsh in dealing with such characters. Insensitive behaviour may make them to be booed from one sphere to the other, thereby making them misfits into the society. A boy needs to be taught that impregnating girls is a serious crime that attract dire consequences. In fact, there are countries where such behaviour results in one being stoned to death!! A girl must be taught that revealing your private body parts and structures is a shameful act carrying a deplorable tag. Leaving your children on such a pathway is cruelty of the highest order and rank. Don’t try to quote modernization! The world modernizes but still keeps its ethics and values intact.

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4. DO NOT JUST PICK-UP EVERYTHING YOUR CHILDREN MESS UP:
Children handle many things in the household. Some of the things are within their capability while others are not. But as they go about their business they usually leave many things in a mess. As a parent do not be in the habit of taking up the responsibility and cleaning the whole mess without looking at the overall picture. Some of that mess will have been created deliberately or with carelessness. Take that opportunity to teach your children to be responsible over their issues. Otherwise they could grow up believing that others must take responsibility for their own actions. If you miss it, you might also have to bear the brunt of their actions in future.

Watch out for part 2 of the series.

May God remember us and our children.

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