I’m cracking my fingers in all eagerness to start typing. Lol. Okay, as many of you know, I’m from Nigeria. When it comes to disrespecting parents, I can’t divorce it from my Nigerian heritage. Sit back and relax while I take you on this journey.
As with most African cultures (please note Africa is not a country), respect is a huge deal. You’re taught to respect your elder siblings and literally everyone older than you. Some tribes even enforce the use of prefixes such as ‘sis…’ or ‘bro’. When it comes to parents, they ALWAYS know how to hit your reset button when you get disrespectful. 😂😂
Growing up, when a visitor comes around and is served snacks, you dare not lust after it! My mom would just give you ‘the look’ from across the room that would speak a thousand words. That’s the same look my dad gave from across the altar if he noticed me chit chatting in church.
Beyond the look, Nigerian parents, and by extension, African parents didn’t hesitate to use the rod in enforcing discipline and respect.
Sometimes, I watch Hollywood movies and see how liberal families are.. Almost like teenagers can’t be controlled. Not in our case! They’d smack the puberty hormones outta you. 😂
You dare not disrespect your African parent (again, Africa is not a country). As long as your parents are alive, you’re still gonna be a kid in their eyes- even if you’ve got kids of your own.
The beginning of wisdom is learning how to greet your parents whenever you see them. This training will be useful when you meet other older people like teachers or senior colleagues. It will amaze you to note that disrespect shown in not greeting an older person can cause serious repercussions.
Likewise respect as a whole. We’ll always have to accord mutual respect to our colleagues and mates. Hence, the entire drilling on how to be respectful is never a waste.
You may not have had strict parents as most African parents tend to be, but disrespecting parents and others in general is wrong and should be corrected.
When it comes to disrespecting parents, let’s be reminded that what goes around comes around and what we sow is what we’ll reap.
What are your own thoughts on disrespecting parents?