"Train up a child in a way that he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it." (Proverbs 22:6).
Kids are the most adorable of the human race. Their innocent smiles, honesty, sincerity, friendliness and general innocence, takes our breath away.
The smile of a child goes a long way. If only adults possessed some of these spectacular qualities, we would be as honest, humble and smile genuinely like young boys and girls. However, it is never too late for us to emulate children, after all, life is a journey, and we learn new things daily.
The most remarkable personal memories for most of us are childhood memories. We often go back with nostalgia to how Christmas brought the giving spirit, how honest we were as young kids. I personally miss the times we did not have to worry about life but lived happily and made fun-friends.
Racheal Rotich is a 44-year-old mother who shares her best childhood memories while growing up with 14 siblings. She remembers how much fun she had as a child.
''There is one incident I still remember vividly," says Rotich.
“My sister and I had been sent to the posho mill. On our way back, we forgot that we had to take the maize flour home for lunch! So we started playing and we were so carried away, we totally put everything behind us. We even ate sugar!"
While they intently focused on their game, she said her mother sneaked behind them and took the flour home. When they realised that it was getting late, they looked all around for the flour, all in vain. They got a serious punishment when they arrived home. The most hilarious part is that, barely a week later, they made the same mistake.
"At the end of the day childhood all about the fun you had," Rotich concludes.
All of us somehow feel attached to our childhood memory flashbacks and the fun we had back then. We should make these years memorable to our children too.
All children need parental love, care, enough comfortable sleep, education and outdoor games.
Do you ever wonder why children get to know each other so fast and become best of friends? It is because of their simplicity and general friendliness.
No matter the backgrounds, kids will always have an impressive connection. The world would be paradise if we, the adults, had the simplicity of children and reached out to others without PRIDE or FEAR.
In our communities, if we take time to learn from children, our hearts will be humbled by how they live one step at a time. But unfortunately, due to pride, you find that some children are abused, mistreated and taken for granted.
Some people do not recognise the fundamental role that children play in our society; hence they think their high and mighty positions are worth a lot more. Children are a direct gift from God.
We hear of several cases of sexual abuses towards children by their relatives, or strangers and this is a very worrying fact. It is very sad when the child's innocence is taken for granted and it leads to trauma and low self esteem. It is therefore our responsibility to protect children from rape, slavery, illiteracy, poverty, diseases and all other harmful calamities.
The African saying, 'it takes a whole village to raise a child,' is very true. Let us all hold our hands to raise a better generation and better leaders.
Parents, teachers and guardians do not need to focus on the negatives of a child, they all have awesome positive characters. After all, it is not what we take when we leave this world behind us, it is what we leave behind when we go, a better generation.
Let us all find and cultivate the positive value in all the children we see.