18 October 2019, by Charlie Goh

My thoughts on children

Recently, I had the privilege of playing a charity football game alongside F-17 Academy against Singapore’s football legends (Lionel Lewis, Lim Tong Hai, Duric etc). The whole purpose of the game was to raise fund for children’s education.

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Sadly, I didn’t score any goals, but I had a truck load of fun meeting our football veterans.

Speaking of children, my wife and I have decided to go for a fertility health check at Thomson Fertility Centre at the end of this month. I have absolutely no idea on what is going to happen during the check other than the semen analysis that I have to go for. I’ll share an update on how it goes. Or if y’all have been to one, maybe you could share your experience with me in the comment section below! Only if you are comfortable of course! 😂

Anyway, I caught the movie Joker, I won’t spoil the movie for those who haven’t watched it yet, but I would say it’s sad that there are lots of similarity to what’s happening in our society right now and I believe a lot of it is based on the upbringing of children.

And of course, the internet plays a big part too! Today, children are privileged to access the internet and social media. Yes, they are much more tech-savvy than we could be back in our days, but it works as a double-edged sword. Why I say this is because, not only do they get to learn about things we may not be able to teach them, but they are also exposed to the negative things online. One example is news from unreliable sources (fake news) which would do the child more harm than good.

Children, when born into the world, are like pieces of blank paper. Without guidance, they wouldn’t know right from wrong. As long as they see it happening, they might think it is ok to learn and do the same (even if it is wrong). So, as parents, it is our responsibility to teach them the right things.

The biggest problem is, we cannot restrict what is circulated online, but the least we could do for the younger generation is to be responsible for what we post and share online, and of course how we behave towards each other.

And parents definitely want the best for their children, so, let us try to make this world a better place for us and our future generation (includes my future children!) to live in.

Be kind to yourself and be kind to others because that is how you want to be treated  and how you hope your child treats and gets treated in future. Hence the saying: “Monkey see, monkey do.”😁

As a public figure with followers mostly from the younger generation, I too, carry a responsibility on how I conduct myself in public. Of course I do make mistakes from time to time (the flaws of being only human), but I will try my best to catch myself when I do.

With that, I leave you guys to ponder over these thoughts of mine. Peace out!

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