Love your children, take care of them

By Aruna Lolani ,

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CHERISH OUR CHILDREN: Perelini Ahki with son, Norman.

CHERISH OUR CHILDREN: Perelini Ahki with son, Norman. (Photo: Ilia L Likou)

Perelini Ahki of Satapuala is a woman who is all about family love.

Today as the nation celebrates White Sunday, she believes it is a time to cherish with children.

 “White Sunday is one of the best days in Samoa, not only in the lives of our children, but also of our parents because they get to spoil their kids and shower them with extra love,” said the 46-year-old told.

She spoke with the Village Voice while on her way to church with her son for their final White Sunday rehearsal.

 “I believe there’s no better relationship than the relationship you have with your children.”

“For me, I think everything good for our children starts from home because we never know what another day brings, so it is better to make use of our time with them.”

Perelini told Village Voice in order for parents to be content about how successful and responsible their children would be in the future, nurturing and teaching their children at a young age was essential. 

“Children are God’s gift to us.” 

“And if they fail in the future, you have no one to blame but yourself because you need to really ask yourself if you’re really doing your job or not.

She added: “Playing your role as a mother doesn’t come with a schedule, you must always remember to be open to your kids so they can open up to you and also never hold back from correcting them when you see they’re doing the wrong things in life.”

Perelini also believed that families, together with the church, can influence the lives of many for the better.

“Families and churches have huge impacts on the lives of children.”

“And if we work together to encourage all our kids and lead them to the right path, I can assure you that our children will be fine.”

“There’s no love better than tough love and that’s how the old generation was raised and I think that’s how we should raise our kids now because we are Samoans, not Europeans.” 

“That’s why it is important for us to not only teach our kids but also make them feel extra special sometimes because we all deserve to be treated special.”

Perelini and her family are members of the Assembly Church of God at Satapuala.

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