October 2, 2007 Jason

Reasons for having kids.

Hello to my fellow readers. As most of you know, my wife and I are just weeks away from being first time parents. Prior to the pregnancy, I was very passionate about parenthood. My biggest pet peeve is bad parenting, hence my passion. If I could, I would love to be a Family Therapist. Anywho, I believe that many parents have children without knowing the purpose of a child. No, it’s not a baby doll, a tax deduction, a lock to a relationship that you don’t want to end, etc. Many children grow up with the same issues as their parents, creating this generational cycle (or snowball effect) of bad parenting, and misguided children. At any rate, I’ve heard many reasons for having a child, but this one takes the cake:

Lil’ Wayne has a beautiful daughter and that’s something to behold. In the new issue of VIBE, he reveals how he came to have his daughter at such a young age – 15.

A year after Rabbit was gone, I was on tour like crazy with Cash Money, and my momma said she was bored, alone, and scared in the house by herself. She was like, ‘Why don’t you just have a baby with somebody? Just tell the little girl’s mom I’ma take care of the baby, don’t worry about that.’ I was like, ‘I don’t have nobody I like like that!’ She was like, ‘Just find somebody! You don’t like Toya?’ I was like, ‘Alright, I like her then.’ Toya was 14 when she got pregnant, and I was 15 asking 14-year-olds. Toya’s the only person that agreed outta all the ones I asked. I said that my momma wants a child. And they was like, ‘That’s your momma’s problem!’ So Toya was like, ‘[bleep], when we due, boo?’

It urks me to think and believe that a child is in this world, with no chance of a proper home structure, simply because Grandma (who is probably in her 40s) is BORED? Wow. SMH! Now, I’m not knocking Lil’ Wayne’s parenting skills, but the reason behind it is absolutely stupid. There are scriptures that I could bring out, but I think a good ol’ lesson on VALUE should be taught here. For me to be broke and say “I want to buy a Bentley” simply because I want to drive it to my mailbox on Thursdays only would be absolutely stupid, right? It’s a similar case here. Instead of being broke, he was 15. Instead of buying a puppy for his bored mama, he goes and impregnates someone he doesn’t even love. And the fact that his momma suggested the whole thing is the icing on the cake. So the question that awaits is “What is his daughter going to do when she’s a teenager?”


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