Just returned from a whole morning outing with the kids. One woman, 3 kids, pool (the ball game, not the water type). Nope, kids did not ponteng but instead, they have a cuti peristiwa, one day holiday because Saturday was their Parents Meet Teachers Day. Eldest refused to tag along with mommy and three annoying brats. If I am him, I also wouldn’t want to follow. If I have a choice, I also do not want to go anywhere with 3 annoying, noisy brats.
But then, this is what some parents do. Delegating almost everything to others. Leave all responsibilities to others. Blame others.
For e.g. the case that happened in minishort’s blog.
In fact my daughter look up to your blog as a role model blog. Hence, as a parent to my loved ones, I would like to implore you to re-consider your approach to your blog now that you are known nationally.
How easy it is to point finger at minishort’s blog and also blame The Star. What pissed me off from the letter is the lame excuse ‘my daughter look up to your blog as a role model blog.’ Hey, come on, you (MC Fong) are a parent to your daughter. You have the time, rights, opportunity, patience, wisdom, trust with your daughter to show your OWN daughter what ought to be role models and what ought not to be.
Don’t use minishorts and the big bad world as an excuse. Groom your own daughter, show her right from wrong. For God’s sake, you cannot shield her enternally from the big bad world unless you hide her in a tower like Rapunzel. Even that is not safe, if you have read Rapunzel.
I have children of my own. They read Michael Ooi and Dr Liew occasionally. I did not hyper-ventilated, worrying if they are going to blindly follow the ‘evil’ part because I know I am in control of my own kids.
You know what is frightening, MC Fong? The fact that parents are living in their own world. It is time you and every parents start to open the eyes, know what the world is outside and get your kids tune to face the challenges.
Back to the ball game. Your child is the ball that is in your hand. It is a matter of how you control your ball. You cannot blame your opponent. You can only blame your own skills.
While at the snooker centre, there was a bunch of very young teenagers, probably around 14-15 years old who are playing. They are smoking, probably playing truant. It is not the smoking or playing truant part that worries me. It is the question “Where the hell is your parents? How the hell can they not know about this?” Because I believe that no matter what, parents are responsible for their kids. Aren’t they suppose to know by just relying on their parenting instincts, sixth sense or whatever?