Same Life Circumstances [Upbringing]
It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.
There may be two people who have been dealt the same cards in life.Two individuals with all the same life circumstances. One is miserable, stressed out, and looks twenty years older than he is. The other is the happiest guy you could ever meet and looks twenty years younger than he is.
How can this be? The answer is that it is not our life circumstances that make life difficult rather it is the attitude that we view our lives with. Those who are capable of seeing the humor in life and take life lightly will be able to do the best with the circumstances they have been given.
Children spend a lot of time in front of a screen, whether it’s a phone, computer, or Television.
The most important thing we’ve learned,So far as children are concerned.
Is never, never, never let,them near your television set,Or better still, just don’t install rhe idiotic thing at all.
In almost every house we’ve been,We’ve watched them gaping at the screen.
They loll and slop and lounge about and stare until their eyes pop out.
In some upcountry (bara/ushago) we used to see
A dozen eyeballs on the floor in our neighbor’s apartments,They sit and stare and stare and sit
Until they’re hypnotised by it.
Until they’re absolutely drunk,With all that shocking ghastly junk.
Oh yes, we know it keeps them still,they don’t climb out the window sill.
They never fight or kick or punch,they leave you free to cook lunch and wash the dishes in the sink but did you ever stop to think.
To wonder just exactly what;This does to your beloved tot?
It rots the sense in the head!it kills imagination dead!
It clogs and clutters up the mind!it makes a child so dull and blind.
He can no longer understand,a fantasy, a fairyland!
His brain becomes as soft as cheese!his powers of thinking rust and freeze!he cannot think — he only sees!
‘All right!’ you’ll cry. ‘All right!’ you’ll say,’But if we take the set away.
What shall we do to entertain our darling children? Please explain!’
I’ll answer this by asking you,’What did our dear (grandparents) ones used to do?
‘what used to keep themselves contented Before this monster was invented?’
Have you forgotten? Don’t you know?
We’ll say it very loud and slow:
THEY USED TO READ! They’d READ and READ,
AND READ and READ, and then proceed
To READ some more.
Great Scott! Gadzooks!One half their lives was reading books!
The nursery shelves held books galore!Books cluttered up the nursery floor!
And in the bedroom, by the bed,More books were waiting to be read!
Such wondrous, fine, fantastic tales,
Of dragons, gypsies,queen and whales.
And treasure isles, and distant shores,where smugglers rowed with muffled oars.
Pirates wearing purple pants,sailing ships and elephants.
Cannibals crouching ’round the pot,Stirring away at something hot. — It smells so good, what can it be?
Good gracious, it’s Penelope.
The younger ones had Beatrix Potter,With Mr. Tod, the dirty rotter.
Squirrel Nutkin,Pigling Bland,Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle and-
Just How The Camel Got His Hump,And How the Monkey Lost His Rump.
Mr. Toad, and bless my soul,There’s Mr. Rat and Mr. Mole-
Oh, books, what books they used to know,
Those children living long ago!
So please, oh please, we beg, we pray,Go throw your Television set away😂😂😂.
And in its place you can install,A lovely bookshelf on the wall.
Then fill the shelves with lots of books,Ignoring all the dirty looks.
The screams and yells, the bites and kicks,children hitting you with sticks.
Fear not, because we promise you that,in about a week or two,Of having nothing else to do.
They’ll now begin to feel the need,Of having something to read.
And once they start — oh boy, oh boy!You watch the slowly growing joy.
That fills their hearts. They’ll grow so keen,they’ll wonder what they’d ever seen.
In that ridiculous machine,that nauseating,foul, unclean,
Repulsive television screen!
And later, each and every kid,Will love you more for what you did.