What is it they say about children? You spend the first 2 years of their life teaching them to walk and talk. Then you spend the next 16 years telling them to sit down and shut-up! Isn't that an amazing irony if there was ever one!
Do you feel sometimes like you really don't know what you are doing? You've read all those wonderful books about positive discipline and all of that and you are absolutely horrified by the kinds of consequences that are likely to occur when you beat a child; from becoming a nymphomaniac to being a psychomaniac, sociopath, psychopath ... or just a freak of some sort, so you make up your mind ... No! Vow never to touch your child again!
How long will you hold out and keep from rushing him or her, when you find your three year old using pap ('Akamu' 'Ogi' Corn cereal) as soap on his body and decides to extend his goodwill to your dinning room rug? Or making small ball patterns with his 'Amala' (yam paste) all over the sitting room? Or you discover that you have been blessed with a four year old carpenter construction worker, who decides that your beloved furniture and other cherished furnishings are in need of repair or reconstruction?
How about having a two year old who must have been a secret agent in the womb, who does undercover work in the house, waiting and watching to see when your guard is down, then he moves in for the 'kill'?
Don't you ask yourself sometimes ... 'Who are these kids and why are they calling me Mom?" Perhaps you are the one who needs help because the next moment you feel like sheltering your sweet darling, adorable little angel from all the ills of this world when he makes a little paper plane and tells you he made it specially for you, or writes you a letter saying she loves you.
How can you explain the joy that comes from having a sword fight with your five year old with paper swords, the contentment as you cook and eat pretend dinners with your three year old daughter and her dolls; the warmth that fills your heart when he comes back from school and greets you with a smile that tells you how glad he is to see you? The Dua' that comes on to your lips unbidden when you gaze at her as she sleeps?
They say insanity is hereditary; you get it from your kids!
There just some things that cannot be explained except to share them, Let's have a peep into some thoughts and moments with these children and the things they make you say... and do!
Next Edition insha Allaah
This article was culled from the publications of Deen Communication Limited