RECALCITRANT CHILDREN NEED LOVE

Tunde! Will you get back here now!” Mrs. Campbell shouted, furious with what her son had done.


“For what mum? Aren’t you done with your long sermon over this little matter? I don’t even understand why you derive joy in making a mountain out of a molehill, always making unnecessary noise.” Tunde replied, walking out as he did.


This is not my Tunde, Mrs. Campbell thought to herself. Tunde has always been respectful regardless of any situation. Things began to change when he joined himself to a set of unruly boys in school. She had tried all she could to correct him, but he kept getting worse by the day. The last straw that broke the camels back was when he beat up a mate, and while he was being chastised he threatened to slap her.

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A JOINT EFFORT

Things have not been the same with the Johnsons since losing their first son to cultism. There had been a strain in the relationship between Jerry and his wife, Jane, as they traded blames for the sad occurrence. Jerry was a mechanical engineer and more often than not, he was not always around with his family. The days he happens to be around were spent watching sports, engaging in outings and surfing the net. Jane was a trained nurse working in a government hospital.


When things went out of hands with the kids, she resigned. She had noticed a strange behaviour in Jeremy, her first son. He often kept to himself and when he was amongst his peers or siblings, he often bullied them. Jane’s concern grew as she could not handle it alone. She informed Jerry, and he told her to handle it herself since she’s the one responsible for them.

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DELIVERING GOD TO YOUR CHILD

“Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he’ll not depart from it.” 

Proverbs 22:6

I’ve come to observe that more often than not, children of pastors and church leaders turn out to be wayward and go contrary to what they’ve been taught. It’s so rampart nowadays that children from Christian homes happen to be on the top list of criminals.


The mistake many parents often make is that rather than show their children the way of the Lord, they show their children the way of their Church. They are good at performing all the religious rites of taking the kids to church every Sunday and any other weekly service. They ensure that their children participate in the church activities. They do not fail to ensure that their children become workers in the church whether or not they have an experiential knowledge of Christ. Sadly, they also beat the children into a mould that is fit for pastor’s or leader’s children, giving them moral rules and regulations they must live by to protect the pastoral image of their parents.

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SEEING YOUR CHILD THROUGH FAILURE

I had just resumed for the new academic session to primary two, and I was asked to repeat primary one because I was terrible in reading and writing. Actually, it was my mom who instigated my having to repeat a class. My spirit was dampened, and I suffered self-esteem issues. However, my story did not end there. My mom became my personal reading and writing tutor. I learnt how to read, write and speak good grammar for my level.


I’ve experienced other periods of failures in my life, and since I delayed in sharing my pain with anyone, I suffered alone. With this, I can confidently say I know what it is to be helped through the season of failure, and what it means to face your failure yourself.

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