Brought up with a Stick!
Have you guys heard of the saying, “Spare the rod, spoil the child?” Probably not if you were brought up the traditional Lao way. It’s more like, ” Get out the BIG rod and don’t even spoil the child!” At least in my household, it was like that. My momma used whatever she could lay her hands on, flip flops, brooms, her knuckles, fly swatters etc… She had many instruments of torture to discipline us. Unlike, many kids nowadays we never thought about calling the cops accusing our parents of abuse, because we saw it as discipline. Obviously it worked because look at us now, we are pretty self-disciplined! No matter what our parents did to us, we were brought up to show them and anybody older than us respect in word and deed. That was drilled into our heads repeatedly, everyday! We were told to never talk back even if we were wrong. I think many young Lao people have forgotten that important moral code: Honor and Respect and yes that means for yourself too! What do you guys think? Have young Laotian people forgotten that code? Do they even live by that ethic anymore? Why such a drastic change in our cultural beliefs?