In a recent statement made on Freedom Court Platform Babatunde Johnson Isamuko, a well-known mass communication lecturer,former head of department, Osun state polytechnic,iree, has expressed his concerns about the current practices of raising children among parents.
Isamuko believes that today’s parents are not training their children to be self-reliant, and instead are raising them like poultry birds.
According to Isamuko, the problem starts right from infancy , where children are helped to hold feeding bottles, instead of learning how to feed themselves.
He also points out that parents drive their children to and from schools, and even rig the admission process into tertiary institutions by bribing officials. This lack of self-reliance, he says, extends to the household chores, which are often done by maids, instead of the children learning to take responsibility.
The consequences of this parenting approach, according to Isamuko, are dire. He notes that many graduates are leaving tertiary institutions without any marketable skills or creativity, and this is resulting in high levels of unemployment and unemployability.
“Today’s parents are not training children but rearing them,” Isamuko warns. “This poultry chicken mentality is detrimental to the future of our society.”
Isamuko’s comments have generated a lot of discussion on social media, with many people expressing agreement with his views. Some have even called for parenting classes to be made mandatory in schools, to ensure that parents are equipped with the skills and knowledge to raise self-reliant children.
As the debate continues, it remains to be seen whether parents will heed Isamuko’s warnings and take steps to change their parenting approach.