Forty-three-year old father, Isa’ako Isa’ako is worried about the behaviour of the young people today.
Isa’ako was spotted by the Village Voice team while he was on his way home yesterday afternoon.
“We all know these days are moving really fast with changes in our society especially the lives of our young people,” Isa’ako said.
“I think that’s why it is important to teach our children the right ways starting from when they are little, so when they grow old, they’ll never depart from these ways.
“I see a lot of our youths have changed and they have forgotten their place in their families. What is really sad is that many parents are doing all the work while they just sit around all day or roam the streets or on the phone.
“That’s what’s happening to our country nowadays.”
He believes we should continue to address the problems of young people so they can become great leaders of Samoa in the future.
“Everyone has a role to play,” he said.
“I guess with the many changes that have come to exist in our world; it has affected and influenced the behaviour of today’s generation, especially when we look at how many of them are using the internet to access other stuff that we don’t want them to be exposed to.
“Yes we all love our children but we must make sure that we love them in the right kind of way.”
Showing them love is another way, he said.
“We also don’t have to be so cruel but advise and encourage them right from the very beginning while they are young so that all the words and actions that we have shown, will stick with them as they get older.
“We must remember that there’s always a way out in every challenge in life, and for this one we have to bring the old Samoan style that is in line with one of the Bible verses that says, ‘Spare the rod and spoil the child’.
“I’m not saying to abuse it, but we parents know how to apply that rule.
“It’s not like we stand with the rod every day but we should also sit down with them and share what life would bring if they don’t obey,” he added.