Refer to Sunny Ntayombya’s article, “It’s probably your fault that your teenager is running wild” (The New Times, August 6).
Mr. Ntayombya is so right, but then, things aren’t that easy. Children need pocket money, but the big question is to know how much they should be given. The same goes for their freedom.
The moment children get the impression that they are not receiving enough pocket money, I think they will seek alternative sources of acquiring it. If you had a 16-year-old daughter, this alternative source could be your biggest worry.
Today, children influence one another and we as parents are left there wondering what we should or shouldn’t do. I wish there was an easy way out.
I see that the writer innocently believes the only source of money for these teens is their parents. Such kids, I can bet have alternative sources that guarantee steady flow to keep them tipsy and willing to indulge, unfortunately!
Only last week I read in The New Times about young ladies who indulge in sex trade as early as 16, for if you encountered these, you would assume they come from that high-end family…and they are out there recruiting for the same.
The issue is complex, and yes, parents must watch their kids.