Let’s pro­tect our CHIL­DREN!

Move! - - EDITOR’S NOTE -

NOTH­ING brings joy to my heart like rais­ing my two chil­dren. I had them un­der the tough­est cir­cum­stances in my life but that doesn’t mat­ter be­cause they bring me so much joy. When I had them, things were just not work­ing out with their fa­ther and I. Some­times when things don’t work out in a re­la­tion­ship, the par­ents take out their frus­tra­tions on the chil­dren. Not me! They gave me a new lease on life and they were the rea­son I was even­tu­ally able to walk out of a phys­i­cally and emo­tion­ally abu­sive re­la­tion­ship.

Now that you have a pic­ture of how much I adore my chil­dren, you can imag­ine the shock I ex­pe­ri­enced when I read of a Pre­to­ria mom who is ac­cused of killing her two chil­dren about two years ago and is cur­rently on trial. The mother says she doesn’t re­mem­ber shoot­ing the chil­dren and blames the in­ci­dent on the side ef­fects of med­i­ca­tion she had taken for headaches and men­strual pain.

I am still shaken when I read sto­ries around this trial and I truly hope jus­tice takes its course. We need to pro­tect our chil­dren with all we have as par­ents. No mat­ter how hard life is, we should re­mem­ber that they didn’t ask to be born. It is our obli­ga­tion to give them the best we can pro­vide. It doesn’t have to be ex­pen­sive, but our ef­forts should show that we care. It boosts the con­fi­dence of the chil­dren.

We tend to for­get that most of the adults we have around us who kill, rape or abuse their chil­dren and part­ners are as a re­sult of an un­happy child­hood. Their bad child­hood ex­pe­ri­ences pile up and dam­age them and they end up not hav­ing a care in the world. If we want to build the lead­ers of to­mor­row, it should start in our homes.

The rea­son we see teens fall­ing for blessers is mainly be­cause they didn’t get the love from their fa­thers or fa­ther fig­ures so they are hun­gry for the at­ten­tion from an older man. You reap what you sow. If you plant a bad seed, you will reap weeds and if you plant a good seed, a bright and beau­ti­ful flower will ger­mi­nate.

Char­ity be­gins at home and it is our duty as par­ents to make sure that we pro­tect our chil­dren from the evil of the so­ci­ety and pass down good morals. Who are our chil­dren sup­posed to turn to in times of need, if not us? We are the pil­lar of their strength and any par­ent who harms their

Nonzwi child should be taken to task. As clichéd as it might sound, chil­dren are a gift from God. Take care and un­til next week!

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