Walk Home and Think..!

As I see people talking about ‘targeting a youngster’ and ‘vindictive government’ I wonder who takes the blame when a boy or girl, maybe a young man or woman, does something wrong? Something, that saddens me often are parents not taking the blame for the deeds of their children. My question to them is, didn’t you build your child up to be able to handle life?
Why are you blaming situations and circumstances when the foundation you gave your child was weak?
Dr. Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma shared the following story on parenting:
“I was 16 years old and living with my parents at the institute my grandfather had founded 18 miles outside of Durban, South Africa, in the middle of the sugar plantations. We were deep in the country and had no neighbors, so my two sisters and I would always look forward to going to town to visit friends or go to the movies.
One day, my father asked me to drive him to town for an all-day conference, and I jumped at the chance. Since I was going to town, my mother gave me a list of groceries she needed and, since I had all day in town, my father ask me to take care of several pending chores, such as getting the car serviced. When I dropped my father off that morning, he said, ‘I will meet you here at 5:00 p.m., and we will go home together.’
After hurriedly completing my chores, I went straight to the nearest movie theatre. I got so engrossed in a John Wayne double-feature that I forgot the time. It was 5:30 before I remembered. By the time I ran to the garage and got the car and hurried to where my father was waiting for me, it was almost 6:00. He anxiously asked me, ‘Why
were you late?’
I was so ashamed of telling him I was watching a movie that I said, ‘The car wasn’t ready, so I had to wait,’ not realizing that he had already called the garage. When he caught me in the lie, he said: ‘There’s something wrong in the way
I brought you up that didn’t give you the confidence to tell me the truth. In order to figure out where I went wrong with you, I’m going to walk home 18 miles and think about it.’
So, dressed in his suit and dress shoes, he began to walk home in the dark on mostly unpaved, unlit roads. I couldn’t leave him, so for five-and-a-half hours I drove behind him, watching my father go through this agony for a stupid lie I uttered.’
The father took the blame for the son’s lie, he wanted time to think out where he had gone wrong. Do we have the courage to do the same, or do we always blame circumstances or somebody else? Let’s start investing in our children, but take the blame when they go wrong..!

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5 thoughts on “Walk Home and Think..!”

  1. Proverbs 12:24, spare the rod and spoil the child. I’ve written an article titled “If you love them, you’ll chastise them”. Parents these days hardly spend quality time with their children and therin lies the fault.

  2. Thank you so much for the true story of the good role model a father was to his son. God sacrificed for His children,demonstratingHis deep love that existed 1st. While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Before the foundation of the earth He planned the best for us

  3. Thank you. An excellent role model to his children. As children, when we attempted to lie or blame another for our error or mistake, my father used to say; “Don’t forget, when you are pointing your finger at someone else you have three pointing right back at you.” I am always reminded of this.

  4. In today’s world, it is difficult to pinpoint the reason why a child would go astray. I think it’s a joint responsibility of all the stakeholders, not just the parents. Lack of communication is one of the main reasons as far as I have experienced, hence we must do all we can to ensure the door of communication is always open, no matter what. Instead of playing the blame game, if each one can be open to listening, a lot can be accomplished.

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