KAILA - Letter to the Editor
Family Support- vital for a childs Development
Parents support for their children is the stronghold for the life of the child, and will be one reason for reaching for the stars- setting no limit to the learning and progress of the child. During the teenage years of a young lady, there are a lot of distractions disabling the child to further progress such as: parties; alcohol consumption, drug abuse and many unlawful acts.
Many children nowadays, experience depression due to lack of attention from families either telling them to be quiet or simply shutting them out from family conversations. That is why there are so many suicide cases, criminal activity, incest and anger among the youths of today. The pride of the child is the parents but the poor support of the family will hinder the childs development in social life and the self-esteem of the child will be lowered. Anger can be harbored in the child and it may be taken out on others especially through bullying.
Therefore, children need attention and the feelings they experience need to be taken seriously to make the youths feel accepted by their loved ones. Frequent encouragement and support is vital for the youth to have a good outcome in the end, when the mind is put to the test during teenage years of the youths life. The journey begins now and now is the time to show it, just do it, give support and win a smile today.
By Sef-Rosa Wilson
Discipline in Schools
Discipline! So often do we come across this word, and yet, we do not practice it. To discipline is to correct, mold, and perfect a person who has done wrong, to help steer them in the right direction, all out of love.
Discipline in school is important as it imposes order. Children are disobedient, rude, disrespectful, stubborn and rebellious by nature, therefore these needs to be dealt with at a very young age to avoid it from taking root in their heart. A child has to be constantly disciplined to make them learn from their mistakes. Some argue that too much discipline would only hurt a child, while others think otherwise.
Why then should a child be disciplined? Simple! Lack of discipline equals chaos, havoc school rules being bent or broken and a decrease in the degree of respect for those in authority. Good discipline has never hurt anybody but poor discipline has. A major result of poor discipline is crime. The crime rate in Fiji has rapidly increased over the years; furthermore, most of these criminals are still youths. Had these particular youths been disciplined at a very young age, they would not have dreamt or even dared to indulge in criminal activities.
Teachers and parents should play a role in these young peoples lives by disciplining them each and every time they see rebellion in them. While disciplining a child, values and virtues are to be incorporated into the method of discipline used. This will help children to the extent that moral values would be grounded firm and deep in them, for life.
With good discipline comes integrity, with integrity comes justice, with justice comes honor, with honor comes a God- fearing generation; well equipped and ready to battle the obstacles of life with dignity.
Though some children may be difficult to change through discipline, parents and teachers should keep trying, for there is still hope for them to change for the better, and in turn, they will change the world.
By: Lavinia Uluilakeba.