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The Kids Are Our Future
How many of us have pain inside of us that we rarely speak about? Probably a lot of us. It's not the sort of thing you bring up in conversation generally, although sometimes it does come up and you can get a bit of torment off your chest.
My father beat me round. He would lose his temper and clobber me. Around the head and face sometimes, at other times, when I was younger, he'd belt me. At first it was over the backside but he'd lose control of himself and his anger and then he'd belt me and my brother across the legs and up the back with the leather belt he wore daily. Once he was so irate that he pinned me to the floor with his legs over my arms and slapped me continuously across the face for over a minute. I was still in high school at the time. About fourteen I think. It fucked me up real bad. Mum was screaming at him to stop but he wouldn't. Or couldn't. Afterwards I ran to my room, hyperventilating, in shock from the beating physically but more so from the emotional terror I had just experienced. My father scared me. He always scared me. He never showed love, compassion or understanding. Why? I asked my self over and over again. Was it my fault? Was I causing all this tension and distress in the family? I began to think that it was all my fault. That I'd brought all this violence onto myself.
The way dad spoke to me. He saw me as a burden on his shoulders. There I was eating his food, drinking his drinks, living under the roof that he had to pay for. He paid for almost everything and he belived that I just took it for granted. He was wrong about that. Strangely, I still loved him very much but this is the classic domestic violence scenario. The one who hurts you most is the one you are closest to. So many of us are trapped inside of this situation and although we are looking for an exit we often don't find it because to do so means having real friends to help you get out - and in my situation being a kid didn't help.
Kids are just extensions of their parents it seems, with few rights and little freedom. If kids complain about their treatment then they're ungrateful for what they've been given. Adults at times seem to lack an understanding of kids and stupidly respect the right of parents to treat their kids willy-nilly; children are people too, in their own right. They have their own lives, albeit naive or ignorant with plenty to learn. But it seems that adults respect the right of parents to treat their kids how they please simply because they are the kids' parents. While parents' must be given a wide ranging scope to bring up their kids in the manner they deem fitting, the area of child upbringing needs to be brought into the public arena for scrutiny. If more parents saw how other kids were treated they may learn something - what to do or what not to do. More importantly, if kids were brought up on a communal basis (nothing hippy in this idea) then parents would not only receive a well deserved break from child-rearing through community child minding and labour sharing but would also gain valuable insights into how kids react to different situations. This would give parents' the opportunity of an objective viewpoint which they rarely have the time to arrange for themselves and give the kids the chance to reach out and meet some new (trusted) people.
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