July 7th 2015
By Charles Leslie Jr.
Why so many parents are failing and it is a direct contributing factor as to why our evening news is plastered with the destruction of our most valuable resource, ever – young, strong, healthy adults who ought to be building Belize – however, instead, they are destroying each other and the fabric of our society.
“One day,” Mr. Dean told his class, “I just gave up. John had disobeyed me and had left the house to visit his friend before he had completed his chores. When he returned I was about to scream at him for the ten-thousandth time, but I just didn’t have the strength to do it. I just looked at him and said sadly, ‘Why, John, why?’”John noted my condition and in a calm voice asked, ‘Do you really want to know?’ I nodded and John told me, first hesitantly, and then it all flowed out. I had never listened to him. I was always telling him to do this or that. When he wanted to tell me his thoughts, feelings, ideas, I interrupted with more orders. I began to realize that he needed me — not as a bossy father, but as a confidante, an outlet for all his confusion about growing up. And all I had been doing was talking when I should have been listening. I never heard him.”
Male, female, it doesn’t matter, our kids need us to hear them. I have to remind myself from time to time how much my daughter craves my attention, listen to her thoughtful little stories and cheer her on when she learns to read a new story book, and watch as she lights up in amazement when I do a simple little magic trick.
To all the young Belizeans that have ever lost their lives to violence, may the Light shine upon you. To all the young Belizeans that have ever taken life… We hear you, but too late… and it hurts…
Habits are hard to break, why not focus on habits that are good, so you don’t have to worry about breaking them. Make one of those habits being patient and listen to your kids. Be a positive role model by your actions. Hear them.
Rest In Peace, Robert Gilbert Jr. I will always miss and love you.
Charles Leslie Jr. is the Chairman of the Belize Unity Alliance and the former independent Chairman of Placencia Village (2010 – 2013). He holds an Associates degree in business, accounting and economics and has over 20 years business experience.
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