Have you seen anyone who is deliberate, conscious and happy to fail as a parent? Even when/if you call and tag them ‘terrible’ mum or an ‘annoying’ dad?
Their ‘REAL’ goal was/is not to be a failure in their parenting assignment
If you allow them to share their stories and you listen attentively, you will discover that something went wrong
Somehow…sometimes…somewhere…and they fail(ed).
Gone are the days when children are ‘community’ children
Days when neighbours, extended family members, friends (and even enemies…lol) can/ and will look after children by default and correct them without their parents’ consent and these parents when told will not at any point raise their eyebrows.
Gone are the days when women by default are full time mothers
Days when children meet their mum at home after school and fathers attend PTA meeting without stress
Days when family vacation (the game, fun and bond) was an everyday event and not just once a year
Days when home is a healthy place and children grow with both parents
Days when being a workaholic does not appear in any dictionary and fathers are not money conscious
Days when mummies don’t rush out to the office in the morning and daddies don’t come late at night
Days when children listen to story by moon light and learn from experiences shared with them
No matter the season, century, year and age,
No matter the reason, situation and circumstances
Parents should and must succeed in their parenting responsibilities with big smiles and shoulders high
And the only way to achieve this is to be INTENTIONAL about fulfilling your role
To learn about being an intentional parent, plan to attend our parenting conference coming up in May. Thank you. See you there!
Photo credit: Mr and Mrs Adewale Ilesanmi and Pretty AnuOluwa Ilesanmi