14 Apr 2015 17:10pm
WINDHOEK, 14 APR (NAMPA) Children's behaviour is adversely affected by how they are reared by their parents or caregivers, who must be involved in a childs development and provide the necessary support at all times.
Speaking at the official opening of a three-day national parenting conference in Windhoek on Tuesday, Deputy Minister of Health and Social Services, Juliet Kavetuna said, Parents who are uninvolved in their children's development tend to raise children who lack warmth in their interactions. Such children also have a low-esteem, lack self-control, and are less competent than their peers.
Kavetuna also said children who have witnessed gender-based violence at home are at risk of behavioural and emotional problems. She added that they are more likely to either perpetrate or be the victim of violence in adulthood.
Parental involvement is a critical element of the early care and education of a child. Meaningful family engagement in children's early learning supports school readiness and academic success, she said.
The national parenting conference is exploring child-centred and rights-based communication, and dialogue between parents, children and the communities in which they live.
It also aims to highlight the importance of positive role models for both parents and children.
Kavetuna said it is essential that effort is made to ensure that ongoing and effective communication and partnerships are established and maintained between parents or caregivers, social workers and school councillors.
She further stated that effective parental care results in healthy and thriving children, and enhances the development of a firm and positive sense of self.
Children need to know that there is a parent for them who will provide them with love, praise, recognition, nutritious food, security, discipline, warmth, protection, guidance and the attention they deserve, she said.
Social workers, school councillors, health workers, parents and caregivers, amongst others, are attending the conference.
The Ministry of Health and Social Services and Lifeline/Childline are hosting it.