Who is a child? Biologically he or she is a human being between the stages of birth and puberty. Legal definition of a child is a minor, one who is not up to eighteen years. One who cannot and is not allowed to take major decisions like choice of school, religion etc.
A mother of six explained a child as an offspring of parents nurtured from birth to adulthood, another parent said that, one remains a child as long as the biological parents are alive. It is pertinent to note that a child especially one under the age of six relies on the adult as well as the environment for knowledge. Most of the traits that are later exhibited in life are those learnt from the environment the child grew up or from what he or she has seen the adults do. It then rests on the adult to be very careful about what a child is taught or exposed to.
Harmful Exposures: Use of foul languages. When this is constantly used before a child, he/she grows up understanding foul language as a means of communication. Abusive language, name calling should be avoided as well in order to protect the child from expressing these ugly words. It is equally inappropriate to let out emotions negatively, quarrel or fight before a child.
Watching of television at an early age can endanger a child’s health. Exposing infants to television has been linked to delayed language development and readiness to pre-school skill. Another negative impact of early exposure to television is attention disorders and sleep problems. Television use as early as under six years has also been linked to behavioral problems in the area of social development, classroom engagement and academic achievement. Also drinking of alcohol, smoking both cigarette and hard drugs can also affect a child negatively.
Therefore parents, guardians, caregivers, teachers at home, school, or church, wherever children are, must be mindful of what they say, or do before the children. They may be too young to talk but they see, observe and most importantly they have brain where memories are stored, both good and bad.
On the Marble with Chika Obi
The nature of life is to change. The challenge of life is to overcome. The essence of life is to care. The opportunity of life is to serve. The secret of life is to dare. The spice of life is to befriend. The beauty of life is to give”—William Arthur Ward.