Tot of Amos’s Mother Mary

In Uncategorized on 17/01/2016 at 5:33 am

When I read this headline in a UK Sunday paper

parents should be taught how to control children
Prime minister to offer families vouchers for parenting lessons as he says that we all need guidance*

I couldn’t help but think of Amos’s Mother Mary. I’ve seen on the internet some photos of her when she was younger. She looked a bubbly, intelligent gal. I suspect that she did the “right” thing by her parents and society and suppressed her innerself, regretted it as she grew older and is now living the life she really wanted to vacariously via Amos.


If only she had been less indulgent of her Boy Fantastic who could do no wrong. She even tried to justify his accusation of being molested by his bailoe even after he had admitted he had lied about being molested. That’s how indulgrnt she is.
She and him would have benefited from her attending classes on discplining kids, not indulging them.  And then blaming the state and herself for the trouble he gets into
Sorry Son.
Sorry for telling you that you are in the safest country. You are feeling so insecure and scared now.
Sorry for urging you to be a law-abiding citizen. The laws are doing you more harm than good now.
Sorry for assuring you that you will be well-protected. You are being threatened and ill-treated now.
Sorry for saying that our government provides us the best welfare. You are not even allowed to sleep at home now.
Sorry for telling you that home is best. It is where you were arrested from.
Sorry for encouraging you to be creative and expressive. You are regarded as crazy and rebellious instead.
Sorry for not teaching you well. You could have been taught otherwise.
Sorry Son. Mummy is wrong.
(Btw, widely believed that Alfian Sa’at wrote the poem)
Yes, I know he has a father. But it’s clear that if dad had had his way, Amos would be a well-behaved boy, or a kid in trauma or in Woodbridge.



*The prime minister will call for a revolution in child rearing this weekend by suggesting that all parents should attend classes on how to discipline their children.

In a move likely to enrage those fearful of an encroaching “nanny state”, David Cameron will say that it should be the norm for parents to receive instruction on how to behave around their offspring.

As part of a speech on the family, Cameron will announce plans for a parenting classes voucher scheme, claiming that all parents need help and that there is too little state-sponsored guidance on offer.

“In the end, getting parenting and the early years right isn’t just about the hardest-to-reach families; it’s about everyone,” Cameron is expected to say on Monday. “We all have to work at it. And if you don’t have a strong support network – if you don’t know other mums or dads – having your first child can be enormously isolating.

“Of course they don’t come with a manual, but is it right that all of us get so little guidance? We’ve made progress. We’ve dramatically expanded the number of health visitors, and that is crucial. But that just deals with one part of parenting – the first few weeks and months. What about later on, when it comes to play, communication, behaviour and discipline? We all need more help with this – the most important job we’ll ever have. So I believe we now need to think about how to make it normal – even aspirational – to attend parenting classes.”

Cameron will say that the government’s Life Chances Strategy – an initiative to target tackle child poverty – will include a plan for “significantly expanding parenting provision”. It will also recommend ways to incentivise all parents to take up the offer of classes.

  1. Doesn’t that qualify her as an accomplice in his schemes?

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