Where Did South Africa Go Wrong…!?

Have you ever heard the phrase, “charity begins at home”?
Well bunnies, so does morality.
In the last few weeks I have heard and read so many questions asked about why our country has the crime statistics it has. It comes down to what we teach our children. And in this blog post I am going to use the collective “we” regardless of the way I raised my own son.

We ignore any and all traffic laws- with our children in the car and without- and complain about the drivers around us who do exactly the same. And when we teach our children how to drive, we try to hammer home how important it is to follow the rules we’ve been ignoring so that they can be safe.
But children do as you do, not as you say.

We allow our children to drink alcohol and smoke cigarettes when they are under age because “I’d rather have him do it when he’s with me than sneak off to do it elsewhere” or “its okay if she’s with me because I can keep an eye on her“, and then we expect them not to do exactly that, when they’re out with their friends.
But children do as you do, not as you say.

We buy pirated DVDs at the traffic light because they’re cheap, and tell our children that they mustn’t steal because its against the law.
We disrespect our police force and people in authority, spouting about how respect should be earned and how they’re so corrupt, and then we expect our children to respect their teachers.
We don’t pay our TV licenses or traffic fines, and we tell our children that there’s a difference between wrong and right.
But children do as you do, not as you say.

Our police officers drive around without their seat belts, they don’t use their indicators and they use their cellphones while they’re driving. Our politicians break so many rules that even they lose count.

And children do as you do, not as you say.

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3 Responses to Where Did South Africa Go Wrong…!?

  1. blackhuff says:

    I agree with what you say but now I ask. Is it that our country are less responsible in teaching our kids the right thing, if we go and look at statistics regarding crime?
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  2. Yes Angel! 100% correct. Discipline starts at home, with us.
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  3. Laura says:

    EXACTLY!!!!! I said something similar yesterday!!!
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