DRUM - - Ed's Note -

It dis­turbs me when par­ents are blamed for the things their kids do. When­ever a teenager does some­thing bad, we’re quick to say, “It’s his par­ents’ fault – they didn’t raise him prop­erly.”

In many cases we are wrong. I’m of the view that, as much as par­ents dis­ci­pline their kids and try to show them the right way, chil­dren make their own choices as they grow up. They can choose to fol­low their par­ents’ wise words or ig­nore them. They can choose to suc­cumb to peer pres­sure and en­gage in il­le­gal ac­tiv­i­ties, and sadly, some kids will do this. We should try to un­der­stand be­fore we start blam­ing par­ents. NEL­SON KHU­MALO, TEMBISA

The best teach­ers in life are in our homes. They didn’t need any writ­ing or read­ing skills to pro­duce re­spon­si­ble peo­ple in our com­mu­ni­ties. They didn’t need univer­sity de­grees to pro­duce top busi­ness­peo­ple and sci­en­tists.

These teach­ers are our par­ents and grand­par­ents right here in our homes. It’s very im­por­tant that we show our ap­pre­ci­a­tion to our par­ents while they’re still here. They have done so much for us. Let’s show them some love, care and re­spect. They are our bless­ings. They are our her­itage. They are ir­re­place­able. GOD­FREY MALIBE, ACORNHOEK

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