As we grow older, we often find ourselves bemused by the changing attitudes and perceptions of the younger generation. They sometimes label our parenting style as “abusive” or “strict.” But let’s take a moment to reflect on how different things were when we were children.
Back in the day, our parents instilled in us a sense of responsibility and discipline. They taught us the value of hard work and the importance of carrying out our household chores. By attending church and school, they ensured that we developed a strong moral compass and acquired knowledge to build a bright future.
Yes, they had rules and boundaries. We had curfews, and if we deviated from them, we knew the consequences would follow. But let’s not forget the care and affection that came along with it. When we made mistakes, they lovingly disciplined us, making sure we learned from them.
Our parents provided for us – putting food on the table and clothes on our backs. They taught us the importance of gratitude and not taking things for granted. They also encouraged us to work for what we wanted, teaching us the value of earning and appreciating the things we desired.
Growing up, we imbibed their values – developing a strong moral compass, a good work ethic, and respect for the law and our elders. These have been invaluable lessons that have shaped who we are today.
Let’s take a moment to appreciate and thank God for our Mama and Daddy. Their parenting style may have been different, but the foundation they laid for us has been instrumental in shaping our lives.