Some Characteristics of Today’s Children’s Behavior That Could Provoke Beating in the Past

The characters passed by the children of nowadays which could attract beaten in the olden days are as follows;

  1. Crying too long after being beaten
  2. Not crying after being beaten
  3. Crying without being beaten
  4. Standing where elders are sitting
  5. Sitting while elders are standing
  6. Walking around aimlessly where elders are seated
  7. Eating food prepared for visitors
  8. Refusing to eat
  9. Coming back home after sunset
  10. Eating at the neighbour’s home
  11. Generally being too moody
  12. Generally being too excited
  13. Losing a fight with an older age mate
  14. Winning a fight with your age mate
  15. Eating too slowly
  16. Eating too quickly
  17. Eating too much
  18. Not finishing your food
  19. Finishing your food and scraping your plate
  20. Eating and talking
  21. Sleeping while the elders in the house have already woken up
  22. Looking at the visitors while they are eating
  23. Stumbling and falling when walking
  24. Looking at an elder eye ball to eye ball
  25. When an elder is talking to you and you blink
  26. When an elder is talking to you and you stare and do not blink
  27. When you look at an elder from the corner of your eye
  28. When your mates are playing street football and you join them
  29. When your mates are playing and you don’t join them
  30. When you don’t wash your dish after eating
  31. When you wash your dish improperly
  32. When you almost break your dish
  33. When you break your dish
  34. When you bite your nails.
    34.. When you don’t bathe.
  35. When you bath too quickly
  36. When you take too long to bathe.
  37. When you’ve been beaten in school for misbehaving
  38. When a car almost knocks you down
  39. When a car knocks you down and you don’t die.
  40. For not answering when spoken to
  41. For answering back when spoken to.
    42 Beaten for going to Church or Mosque late.
  42. Beaten for borrowing shoes/wears from friends.
  43. Giving salt or needle to neighbours without their permission.

I think one of the major reasons why children of these days get spoilt earlier is that the parents don’t want them to face what they faced while growing up.

Some of these reasons for beating a child may appear farfetched today but they sure did happen and they were the norms that shaped a Child to grow responsibly.

Nwachineke Onyeke Chekwube reporting, Obinwannem news writer/ 15th March, 2023

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