POSITIVE PARENTING: LESSONS FROM PRESIDENT OBAMA

Busy! Busy!! Busy!!! Everyone is busy. We are so busy that we no longer have time to guide and nurture the younger generation. The job of helping young people discover and develop positive lifestyles that would make them responsible adults in the future has become outdated. The task of parenting has been surrendered to the maids in most homes. The school is expected to do some magic in transforming a child whose parents have failed to direct on to the right path.

Increasingly, children are being left to find the right orientation all by themselves.
Frightening indeed! A society that neglects the upbringing of its young people no doubt reaps decadence and chaos at the end of the day.
Are we not there already?

Despite a busy schedule, every positive parent would find time for the children. As I always say, what matters is the quality of time you spend with your child, what you are able to put in, not necessarily how long.
President Barack Obama has a very busy schedule, but from the beginning, he made it known how important his family is to him. Despite his busy schedule, he always makes it a point to set aside time for his wife and two girls. In an interview, Michelle revealed that President Obama has read all seven books in the Harry Potter series out loud to Malia and Sasha. President Obama and his wife are known to always attend their children’s sporting events. Could there be a better way to boost a child’s confidence?
The Obama girls have been described as respectful and well-behaved. ‘Michelle’, according the President Obama, gets the lion’s share of the credit.’ It is common knowledge that the first lady strives to teach the girls responsibility despite the dozens of household staff available at the White House. The First couple is no doubt doing a great job at parenting which the president in his inaugural address described as a public service.
Here are a few quotes reflecting President Barack Obama’s take on parenting…

“…It doesn’t matter how much money we put in (education) if parents don’t parent.”

“So turn off the TV set. Put the video game away. Buy a little desk or put that child at the kitchen table. Watch them do their homework. If they don’t know how to do it give ’em help. If you don’t know how to do it, call the teacher. Make them go to bed at a reasonable time. Keep ’em off the streets. Give ’em some breakfast; don’t eat Popeye’s for breakfast”.
President Obama I concur. And I would add: ‘don’t give them soft drink and biscuits for breakfast.

“It’s not good enough for you to say to your child, ‘Do good in school.’ And then your child comes home, you’ve got the TV set on, you’ve got the radio on, you don’t check their homework, there’s not a book in the house, you’ve got the video game playing.”
This got me laughing and thinking at the same time. Everyone complains about the decline in reading culture; how young people have lost interest in reading yet, not many are willing to be models. Children learn more from what they see adults do than what they are asked to do. Become a reader if you want your child to read.
“…, if your child misbehaves in school, don’t cuss out the teacher. You know I’m right about that. Don’t cuss out the teacher, do something with your child. I’m speaking the truth. I’m telling you, I won’t just tell you what you want to hear.”
“Here’s an example where once again I gotta talk about us a little bit. We, we can’t keep on feeding our children junk all day long, giving them no exercise.” “They’re overweight by the time they’re four or five years old and then we’re surprised when they get sick. And then we expect that they’re going to get treated for things like adult diabetes that children never used to get. I mean, that’s why it was called adult diabetes. But now kids as young as 8, 9, 10 years old are getting it because they are obese… change nutrition habits.”
“Look,” … I know how hard it is to get kids to eat properly, but I also know that if we are, if folks are – which some parents do — or you know, eat a bag of potato chips for lunch or Popeye’s for breakfast — y’all have Popeye’s down in Beaumont? Alright. I know some of you all, you get that cold Popeye’s out for breakfast! I know! That’s why you all laughing. I caught you out. You can’t do that! Children have to have proper nutrition.”
“…good parenting is essential for the health of our country. Raise productive, educated and emotionally stable children to adulthood…”
“For as much as government can do and must do, it is also a parent’s willingness to nurture a child that finally decides our fate.”

READ THIS: ‘Michelle has ordered the White House chefs (all five of them) to feed Sasha and Malia fresh, regionally grown food. “That’s one of the things that we’re talking a lot about…, you know, when you grow something yourself and it’s close and it’s local, oftentimes it tastes really good,” she told the Associated Press. “That’s especially important, when trying to get kids to eat vegetables.’
I doff my cap for Michelle and Barack Obama. Good example! Making the right choice of food has become increasingly difficult in today’s world.
In many upper class families, the maids do all the chores including washing of underwears for the bigger children. I’ve always wondered how such parents expect their children to cope with real life in the future. I was therefore thrilled when I read an interview with a staff of the White House which disclosed that with an entire White House staff at their disposal, it is still obligatory for the Obama girls, Malia and Sasha to set their alarm, make their own beds, and take responsibility for getting themselves ready for school.
Kudos to Obama and Michelle! Michelle is said to ensure that their bed time is strictly adhered to.

Hmmmmmmmmmmm! Parenting positively!
Does getting a woman pregnant truly make a man a father?
Is motherhood all about the nine stressful months, and the few but painful hours of labour?
Reflect, are there not people who have never had their own children that can be regarded as parents? The words of a renowned writer, Stedman Graham comes to mind:
‘It’s not just growing a great potato that makes a potato chip, it’s how you slice it.’
So let’s discuss, who really is a parent or, who is a positive parent?

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