As a Christians parent I am always reminded of the book of Proverbs, which says ‘Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it’.Prv 22:6.
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It is a sentence that weighs more than gold in my heart. As an African, raised in Nigeria I am always saddened, shocked and sometimes disgusted when I see parents with nonchalant attitudes towards their children. In the way they are groomed, mentored, disciplined and taught. There is an alarming increase in black children dropping out of school, expelled or in juvenile or prison. Most black children have no role models, in the Society or in the family to look up to, they have no positive figure to measure up to.
How did he become what he is today, ‘His Jamaican parents Alsian and Kenneth Silvera speaking to voice online said they also did their best to give him the support he needed at home.“All three of my children had additional tuition from a young age, because I think in those early years, between 0 and five, you set the foundation for the rest of their lives,” Alsian said. “No matter how tired I was at the end of the working day, I would read to them. They had libraries in their room. Bertram could not play playStation because I never bought one. He learned to love reading.” She said she saw signs of brilliance from an early age. “When he was only two he would come out with the most unbelievable words and phrases. Everybody said he was going to be something special.