The Vision Speaks Series: Childhood is not Bondage

Opening Charge
‘…The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world…’
W.B. Yeats
The Second Coming

I listened to an interaction between and father and a three year old this morning and it set me thinking. The father had instructed the son to sit at the back seat of the car. The Child showed some reluntance. The father’s raction was hostile. He sternly warned the child that he would be spanked if he did not obey the instruction.

From my observation of the custodians of children, particulary in this part of the world, a child’s relutance to any form of instruction is met with resistance and possibly punishement. I think primarily because the custodians see the child’s reluntance as disobiedience. It is not part of custodian’s training protocol to understand and address the reasons behind the child’s reluntance.

To compound the issues, the custocians do not take time to explain the values behind their instructions and the benefits, first to the child and second to the family and community.

It is important to note that to instruct the child without due expalnation to the child in accordance to his level of understnading in life is a disrespect for his/her individuality and dignity of human person. The foregoing treatment make the child feel in bondage. And once the child feels that he/she is in bondage, he/she is robbed of the best of his/her childhood.

It is important to note that reluntance from a child doesn’t necesarrily means disobidience as many custodians have concluded. In fact relunctance is not same as disobidience and should not be treated as disobidience. To treat reluntance as disobidience is simply oppressive. Relunctance, may mean a child’s demand for explanation. I do not think that should be ignored.

Friends, the next time your child show relunctance to an instruction, do not be quick to instist on the instruction. Your first interest should be to hear the child out. I will share with you tomorrow, what I believe your response should be to a child’s reluntance. What are the questions we must ask immediately.

I am sure you have been fired up today. See you tomorrow and have an INSPIRED day.

I’m Taiwo Akinlami & I Lead the TeacherFIRE™ Revolution

POINT 2 PONDER:

‘It is important to note that to instruct the child without due expalnation to the child in accordance to his level of understnading in life is a disrespect for his/her individuality and dignity of human person.’

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