Lockington's Everyday Fiji ... Life Goes On

Allen Lockington is a self-employed customs agent and business consultant who has regular articles published in www.connectme.com.fj/news/opinion. I thank Allen and Connect for permission to reprint some of them in this political blog. They remind us that life goes on, whatever the political situation. And it's good to know that.

Talk Softly to Your Kids

It was reported on the BBC that a Devon, England, man who hit his baby son must pay him £50.

"A father who hit his baby son because he knocked a photo frame off a television has been ordered to pay him £50 compensation. The man, who cannot be named, lost his temper when the 10-month-old hit the television with his baby bouncer, Exeter magistrates heard. The 24-year-old man, from Okehampton, Devon, admitted assault and was given a 16-week jail term suspended for a year.

"He was also ordered to complete 60 hours of community service. The court heard that the incident happened last December. The child had facial injuries."

Just imagine the man has to do community work for hitting his son. If we were that strict with that law here we would curb domestic violence and child abuse. But we must understand that we have to discipline our children every now and then, because like an uncle of mine said, “They will run amok, and run all over you, the child will lose respect.” Some other things Uncle said can’t be printed.

In Fiji a child is belted even for little things. But my guru said – “To a child, talk softly, but hold a big stick.” Because perhaps our society and culture is different.

Allen Lockington


Cyber terrorism said…
Croz, I think it's terrific that you've finally done what other blog owners routinely do and that is to approve every comment before it's posted. I used to admire you for upholding the principle of freedom of speech in giving people direct and unfettered access. But this freedom has been totally abused by a small minority and the recent cyber attacks make it impossible to continue with your previous practice. Sad that it's come to this but that's life on the internet - an information highway dotted with intellectual thugs and technical vandals.
Invictus said…
Fijians are notorious for thrashing their children senseless and in most cases its unjustified, however there is a rather concerning trend occurring at present where children are subjected or raped at the hands of those who are their protectors.

These lowlife mongrels ought to be salt whipped then taken up to joske’s thumb and thrown off the side if they make it out repeat the process.

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