We have a responsibility to our children
Sulufa’i Tu’uga, from the village of Fatuvalu/Si’usega, believes the solution to address youth attitudes today is to teach them about proper manners while they are young.
Aged 48, Sulufa’i has noticed the issue with the youth and says that there is nothing we can do about it because of their stubbornness.
He also says that the parents shouldn’t be blamed because there is only so much anyone can do in a situation like this.
“The biggest worry I have is with the youth,” Sulufa’i told the Village Voice.
“The days are moving so fast and there are many influences out there that will lead the young astray. There are many changes in Samoa and it affects the youth greatly.
“I don’t give any blame to the parents, village heads or anyone else. The fault for the foul youth behaviour is the youths themselves.”
“It’s hard sometimes for parents to teach and push the children but they just refuse to listen,” he said.
“So what can you expect from the parents. Yes I agree that everything starts at home but if the child used their brains properly then they wouldn’t end up with the bad behaviour.
“There is only so much a parent can do. My advice is to just let them go and do what they want; they will get what’s coming to them.”
Furthermore, Sulufa’i says that if we teach our children morals as they grow up then they will have hope for the future.
“We need to try and teach the young properly as they are growing up,” he said.
“I’m not talking about just teaching them about school things, we should teach them morals and responsibilities.
“That’s the only way there will be hope for them in the future. Teach them how to take care of others so that they will grow up and take care of those they love.
“Teach them how to be leaders. There is always a ways of dealing with issues like this and my method is to take it on while they are still young.
“Once they grow up and you have taught them well then they will know their duty and responsibility in life.
“That’s how I see life.”