Teaching Children Responsibilities: Sharing the I’m D-SMARTTEESSTT™ Principle (1)

Opening Charge

‘One painful truth in our society today is that we are raising children, who are not aware of their civic responsibilities. The major challenge is that we as adults are so beaten down by the state of the nation that the rat race of survival has consumed all of our attention’

Thank you for joining us again today. I am particularly excited about our discussion today. It is a reminder of one of my most favourite characteristics of children as revealed in the acronym I shared with you few weeks ago.  I had shared that letter L in the word, children stand for leadership. I also shared that leadership means taking responsibility for first for one’s life and then a situation or something.

As far as I am concerned, the greatest legacy we can give to our children is to shake off any sense of liability and teach them to be responsible. It is a trite saying that a child that is not trained is the one, who will sell an estate, which is built.

I believe that one of the high points of the Child’s Rights Act, 2003 is that Sections 19 and 20 is that it gives expression to the age-long truism that freedom without responsibility is the breeding ground for chaos. It has been found that children, particularly teenagers have the tendency of thinking the world and everything in it exist only for their benefits. Therefore, if parents and other custodians of the mind of the child focus only on teaching the child his rights, it will fuel the child’s tendency to be selfish. The foregoing will neither be in the best interest of the child nor the society.  One of the characters of modern society is that every member of society, young and old should be responsible for the well-being of the state. A Yoruba adage says, ‘the birth ofIfetown is attributable to both the wisdom of the young and the old.

One painful truth in our society today is that we are raising children, who are not aware of their civic responsibilities. The major challenge is that we as adults are so beaten down by the state of the nation that the rat race of survival has consumed all of our attention. We are fast gravitating towards a state of everyone to himself and God for us all. Fast, we are transferring same spirit to our children. The truth is children do not do what we say, they do what we do.

Friends, I still have much to say on this subject but space does not give us the luxury. I will like to lie low here and pick up the gauntlet tomorrow as God gives me grace. Do have a beautiful Monday and an INSPIRED Week. Stay INSPIRED.

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

POINT 2 PONDER:

As far as I am concerned, the greatest legacy we can give to our children is to shake off any sense of liability and teach them to be responsible. It is a trite saying that a child that is not trained is the one, who will sell an estate, which is built.’

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One thought on “Teaching Children Responsibilities: Sharing the I’m D-SMARTTEESSTT™ Principle (1)

  1. Ololade April 24, 2012 / 10:15 am

    I absolutely agree and I believe this is the most important life skill we have to teach our kids. Too much irresponsibility in the workplace. Beautiful piece!

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