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Keep off my child!

04 May 2015, 17:38 Shakila Alivitsa

Nairobi - There are these people who like thinking they are experts when it comes to children and raising them just because they lent a hand in population numbers.

They have children but they could be classified under Worst Parenting on The Planet but they are the ones that want to give you advice on yours.

They are the ones that will tell you not to cane the child because the key is to make them your friend. When you are at the dinner table and they are crass with manners you smile at them, chasticise them and life moves on. Until they are crass at another person’s table.

If the child says a bad word in front of you, you just warn them it is a bad word and move on.

If you use the internet for more than social media, you will know about the Baltimore protests. If you do not I will not get into it with you.

There was a woman who, minding her own business, could not help but notice someone looking like her son being part of those rioting. On closer inspection, yes, it was him. She did not waste time and wait until he got home. She went after him, there and then in the streets. He was taller than her but she managed him and needless to say she went home with him. What happened after is up to your mind to imagine.

This woman came under fire because in the States they do not approve caning and to them she was being brutal. To me I am thinking that woman has either saved her son’s life in the future or some jail time. Why? Because now, if the son wants to participate in mischief, he has to split his time between being good at it and looking for the mother’s whereabouts.

It is the same thing with what I went through when I was a child. My mother was the veritable Undertaker. We had to take turns being a guard if it went past six and we still wanted to play. Not on someone else’s compound, on ours. If you wanted to be at someone else’s house, make sure there is a shortcut you created such that if mother was at the gate, you would be in the house by the time she got in.

That was what parenting was about.

Some people these days want to give yo advice on how not to cane or throw something at the child because they will cave. Yet, take a turn and you hear THEIR child being abusive to the parent and the parent practicing the laws of yin and yang because that what the internet said.

Their children are the ones that when they are sent to the shop, either you bribe them first or they tell you they are busy on the internet. The parent should go pick the food from the market, also cook it and that same child will eat.

These same parents are the same one’s that will come and complain to you how the child goes to their purse, take money and they are not apologetic when they are asked. You ask the parent, what did you do? They tell you I told him or her not to do it again. Dare you try that with my mother. The caning and slaps you would have received would last you. The next time you tried it, you would feel that pain from last time and just given up.

I will do the same with my children. It is not called brutalizing but children knowing that what they see on television is not real life. You are not allowed to go toe to toe with me because that is what you saw on Nickelodeon.

If you see me discipline my child, you are allowed to see but not to be heard. I am the one that will have to deal with the upheaval that later comes on if I let that child go haywire. You will not be there other than to hold my hand with false consolations.

That Baltimore woman would have been the one to come up with the money to bail the child out if he had been caught. If he got killed she would have been the one to deal with it. Not those people who were on the internet giving their two cents while they knew the child was in the house or those who did not know where theirs were for that matter.

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