Sunday 17 December 2017
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“Education is the best legacy!” That’s a popular quote most parents are very familiar with. But what many of them fail to realize is that education goes beyond the formal form of going to school, and learning to read and write and getting a university degree. If that is the only legacy, in terms of education, you give your child then it counts for little, talk less of being the best.

There’s informal education which is the sole responsibility of the parents but sadly most have relinquished that responsibility either to an uneducated housemaid, the already exhausted and mostly underpaid teachers or worse still, the child’s peer group of friends and acquaintances.

As a matter of fact, education as the best legacy is all-inclusive, all encompassing and all involving. Such an education is tripod or threefold. It combines informal education, that is the education gotten primarily at home aka basic good home training, with the parents at the forefront while the teachers subsequently serve as the supporting staff to reinforce the training.

It involves teaching of moral values, cultural standards, acceptable social behaviors and other character traits necessary for succeeding in adulthood personally, financially, professionally, “maritally” and in life generally.

This is closely followed by formal education, solely engineered by the school body of teachers with the parents playing a pivotal role; and finally the education fashioned towards the unique gifting and talent of the child which could mean formal education in the arts or science and sports.

Now such a holistic, all-inclusive and all encompassing education is definitely the best legacy a parent can give a child!

“Schooling isn’t the same as education. Schooling teaches one how to learn and gives information.” – Richard Templar (The Rules of Parenting)

Or what do you think?

# Parenting is a Divine Mandate.
# Parenting is the best legacy.
Happy Parenting!

Efiok Udoh

Efiok William Udoh, the second son in a family of six siblings, is a Nigerian-born Russian-trained Medical Practitioner, who has been in Private Practice for over a decade. He is an aspiring writer, fluent in English, Russian, and Portuguese languages. He is an ardent reader, a die-hard romantic and optimist. He loves to cook, travel and spend time with his family playing, having crazy fun and creating awesome memories. He is married to the jaw-dropping beautiful ex-model, Bernice, the woman of his dreams, whom he met in December 2009. They have two kids and currently live in Lagos, Nigeria.

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