Raising Street-Smart kids?
I get somewhat nostalgic when I remember some of my childhood moments… One of them, I can recall, vividly. Those days when my mother will take all four of us, her children out to join her in shopping for the weekend especially festive weekends or pre-school resumption weekends -you know when you have to get your own share of the market proceeds😉 hahaha – moving from shop to shop, seeing interesting faces and their different approach in advertising their goods(some all smiley, some looking belligerent while others indifferent), staying focus on my mother and as the first child, holding on to my siblings so we don’t loose sight of her whilst walking in such a way that you don’t pull down someone’s wares yet being brisk and smart enough not to hurt ourselves or even loose money because that alone can earn you immediate knocks or even deter you from enjoying the proceeds of the day in peace.
The above synopsis of what a day (those days) in the market with my mom is like, highlights some very important factors in life — #Responsibility, #Discernment, #Focus, #Carefulness, #Teamwork — Factors that put you on a pedestal way above being just anybody. You know, being responsible for yourself as well as people who naturally should look up to you, discerning the attitude of people around you which will help you figure out the best way(s) to deal or relate with them, more expedient is being focused on the important things, saying NO to non-essentials at that point because doing the otherwise will be totally detrimental. Further into the highlighted factors is Carefulness -the ingenuity of this attitude is highly underrated: picking your steps one at a time, paying conscentious attention to even the minutest of details, influenced by the decision to stay transparent in your environment amongst many other admirable horizons to it. Then comes Teamwork- a skill learned not just by watching but by doing, by tolerating, by blending into the available system, by being empathic, putting in sincere efforts whilst appreciating the efforts of others just so you can achieve a common goal.
The street however connotes the inevitable experiences a child must go through in the process of his/her development -the most crucial point even. Like it or not, your kid will leave the confined space of basic school to secondary schools and in more intense cases, into the independent living in the boarding schools where all the above factors of positive survival comes into play; childhood into teenhood ‘the puberty street’… And this is a place where if you didn’t catch them young, it becomes an enormous task, trying to reshapen their thought patterns and processes. It is true that no knowledge is enough hence the continuous attempt in reproving, instructing and encouraging the younger generation. The street doesn’t change but we can change and manage the conducts of people in the streets by starting with our children.
Personally, if just this insight of how a little moment in the market can contribute immensely in raising smart kids/personalities, imagine what many positive measures and several other days in such environment or even other interesting places you engage them in will do in sharpening their minds and shapening their hearts to lead responsible lives.