Today outside, the Whitmore High School in London, I saw a couple of youngsters, probably in their early teens smoking away to glory behind the canopy of trees.
And then again at the Iceland in South Harrow, yet another bunch of clearly underage kids, harrassed the store manager for not giving in to their demands for alcohol. I was struck by the irony of life. As you get older, you work so hard at not ageing, and when you are a pre-teen or adolescent, you can’t wait to grow up and seize the world.
Isn’t it sad that children are shying away from their own childhood in a race to grow up?
” Children are becoming more and more disrespectful and brash to look more grown up. This could be because of the increasing number of broken families. And because of the fact that there aren’t as many ways to sheild them from the real world as before.”, says a counsellor at one of the schools in Preston Road.
Not only are their levels of respect a things of concern, the things that they are exposed to at a really young age is unimaginable and potentially scarring. Sex, drugs, and booze at an age when they should still be guided and moulded.
With parents having busy schedules children are either left in the care of maids or worse still left alone. In Kuwait, where I spent a good part of my childhood, there are so many cases of how leaving the child in a maids care has led to disastorous consequences. In one instance, a mother returned home early to find that the maid was making merry with a client in the master bedroom, with her five year old daughter looking on.
Can you imagine the impact that would have had on the young girls life?
Childhood and parenthood go hand in hand. If you do not have what it takes to hone your child, maybe parenthood is not an option for you. Unless people really evaluate whether they are ready to have children or not, innocence will probably become a 20th century myth.