Keep our children safe

By Aruna Lolani and Ilia L Likou ,

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CHILDREN FIRST: Luaiva Misikupa from Vavau Lotofaga.

CHILDREN FIRST: Luaiva Misikupa from Vavau Lotofaga. (Photo: Aruna Lolani)

A mother’s role in the family is a critical one. 

She is the safe keeper of her children. That is the opinion of Luaiva Misikupa who is concerned about the growing number of crimes being committed against young people.

 “Hearing from the news about the many crimes that involves children is not something we can just avoid,” Luaiva told the Village Voice.

The mother from Vavau Lotofaga is heartbroken that most of the problems are happening within families. 

“And I think, that in situations like these I can’t help but ask myself if the mothers are doing their duties? I even asked myself that most of the time,” she said.

“For me; I strongly believe that when it comes to mothers, their core duties are to their children especially the girls.”

Luaiva said that things have certainly changed over the years in terms of raising children.

The 53 year old mother shared with the Village Voice how she was raised.

“During my time; we grew up knowing everything because our mother’s were advising us along the way about the facts of life.” 

“The way we talk, the way we dress and what we can and cannot do.” 

“These are the things that we don’t often see these days.” 

“Our daughters are doing whatever they want and I think they need to revive the mother and daughter bond again.”

“What I’m trying to say is; we must bring back our traditions and raise our children they way we were raised.”  

“It is the only way that our children can grow up as respectful people.”

The mother also emphasized that home is the safe haven for the children.  

“Our homes are meant to be safe zones for our children and if our children don’t feel safe in their own homes; where do you think they will look for help?” 

Luaiva calls for parents to be more vigilant when it comes to their children.

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