The legend Keppy Ekpeyong-Bassey, who was born in a Military hospital by a military father and a ‘rascal’ mother, gave an exclusive hint into parenting.
He talked about his childhood days where he had free access to his parents and could discuss anything with them.
He also said he has this same character with his own children. It has increased to having their friends coming around and being free with him.
In his words:
“My father was someone who would scold you and cry as he’s spanking you; ‘why did you do that, you shouldn’t do this’ and then he was a military officer. We had guards at the gate and everything, and when he spanks his kids, he’s the one crying, but we had that kind of interactive relationship.
My mum? Rascal. Oh! My mum was a rascal. Everybody knew even my friends know till tomorrow. When I was in the university and she’ll come visit, she’ll come with bottles of brandy, rolls of cigarettes.
She’ll sit down with us because I lived off campus she’ll light a stick of cigarette and call everybody, ‘come let’s drink’ and stuff. So it was easy to speak with my parents, it was fun. Now I’m grown, I have children of my own and then we have some of their friends stay over and they think it’s easier to speak with us than their folks. I don’t understand how it works in other homes. With my kids, my son can walk up to me and pull my ears and say, ‘ old man with your big ears’ and I wouldn’t think anything about it, you know. But there are some people who see it and they are cringe and they are afraid because they can’t and wouldn’t dare relate with their folks that way.
We also have come to find out that if you close particular doors of communication between you and your children, you’ll be really shocked at who you think your children are because they would hide behind those closed doors and you don’t want to know when you get in.
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