By Ana Theresa Williams,BSN,RN
Nowadays, children in our society have been taught by their parents to practice self-interest and gratification. Unfortunately, they are becoming irresponsible societies.
This was the statement of #YouthConnect Organizing Committee Vice Chair Jetty Jet Lu,MD, a practicing pediatric specialist in this city.
Lu said there are parents, including single parent, who think they have done their best to raise their kids without knowing the worsening morals of the society.
“Umiihi kahit saan, basura tinatapon kahit saan, cutting the lines, gitgitan sa traffic, quarrelling and showing disrespect to the superiors or management at work, and other basic care for others, but are now causing big problems to our society. This can actually be learned at home,” he added.
“Dili man ‘ta biological parents, but Filipinos are losing the sensitivity of bayanihan spirit and the sense of care for fellowmen without knowing they are being bad examples to the society,” he said.
The medical expert said that to know that you know everything does actually not know the fact that you are ignorant, and that’s too bad.
“Parenting is a trial and error. It takes a village to raise a child. So every parent needs another parent not only to feed them physically but with the good values, which is badly lacking nowadays,” the pediatric specialist noted.
For this reason, Southern Philippines Medical Center Department Chair of Pediatrics, President of Anak Kaugmaon Foundation and #YouthConnect Organizing Committee Chairperson Dr. Michael “Mike” Manalaysay decided to hold a whole-day event entitled #YouthConnect Raising Smart and Good Children (How to Help Young People Succeed in Life In the All-About-Me World) with Dr. Michele Borba, world’s renowned author, speaker, educational consultant and trainer. This big event will take place on November 30 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at SMX Convention Center, SM Lanang in Davao City.
Manalaysay said the department of pediatrics last year conducted a neurodevelopment conference about the Generation Z and issues nowadays concerning the youth were discussed.
This year, he said, “we will be listening to another speaker who is an international expert on parenting. We get to learn from someone who has dedicated her time (Dr. Michele Borba) in studying the behavior of children nowadays. This is a once in a lifetime event which will surely enlighten us on how to deal with the challenges we face not just as parents or teachers but also as adults who often have encounter with children.”
The president of Anak Kaugmaon Foundation said the upcoming event is very relevant today. Millennials belong to a generation of narcissism and self-entitlement and they pose a great challenge to all of us regarding on how to handle them. They are considered to be the most intelligent generation of the history but their complexities often leave the adults/guardians wondering because they often have unusual solutions to problems. Drugs, sex, bullying are just some issues most parents have no clue how to deal with, he explained.
“Needless to mention this is a fundraising event that means your fees will go a long way from acquiring knowledge to helping more sick indigent children through our Anak Kaugmaon Foundation,” he said.
About parents who are too confident about themselves for raising their child or kids well, Manalaysay said, “apple does not fall from the tree but it doesn’t mean these parents are helpless or hopeless. Of course, recognition of the problem is the first step. From there, we can change our paradigms and create strategies on how to steer children away from the rebellious character of their parents. As a start, they could attend the conference.”
Also, Manalaysay added that children nowadays are spending most of their time not only with their parents. This will rather put them to greater risks of acquiring other behaviors that are often more influential than what their parents taught them. Hence, any adult who encounter the young ones will greatly benefit in this conference as well, he concluded.