I'm not a parent. But over the years, I've worked and played with children. Church kids, friend's kids, squatter kids and neighbour's kids, and I enjoy it very much.
The past few days, I feel very saddened to see these type of news in the papers.
On Saturday it was
Boy dies in brutal attack
KAPAR: A seven-year-old boy died after being stabbed four times in Taman Perangsang for allegedly disturbing chicken and turkeys belonging to a 15-year-old boy.
Police arrested the assailant, believed to be a student of a religious school, shortly after the attack on Mohd Khairulnizam Riza Azmi, a Year One pupil of SK Abdul Samad in Kapar, yesterday afternoon
Today, I read that
Schoolboy dies in scuffle
BAGAN SERAI: A scuffle between two students of SMK Bagan Serai, believed to be over a stolen pen, ended with one of them getting killed.
Remove Class student Loh Wei Kuan, 13, was rushed to the Bagan Serai health clinic about 500m away from the school after the 12.35pm incident yesterday but was pronounced dead upon arrival.
I feel very sad that children are killed by children, those not much older than themselves.
For the child who murdered, he bears this burden of guilt and regret for the rest of his life.
One of the children I teach comes from an underprivileged background. He's a very, very bright child. Being brought up by his Indonesian parents in a squatter area, his command of English and his determination to succeed amazes me. But he has a problem with managing his anger. On most days, he is happy like sunshine, but there are moments where he gets angry about something or someone, and he retaliates by sulking [which I could live with] or pushing/attempting to get even with the other child. I have told him, he has great potential and a very bright future, but he has to manage his temper. Five seconds of fury could cost him his entire future.
How are you bringing up your child?
Do you teach him how to manage his anger?
Is he taught consequences, and things that you would regret and can never undo?
With children, be a believer of quantity time. Quality time is not a concept that they can understand. They only recognise if you were there. Or not.
Where are you going tonight? I hope it's home to your kids.
What are you doing this weekend? I hope it will be something which includes your kids.
Proverbs 13:24 He who spares the rod hates his son,
but he who loves him is careful to discipline him