Being a parent gives immense happiness to any couple or family. But at the same time to bring up a child in a healthy and protective manner is a challenge that every parent faces today.
Today no place – be it home, school, college or even an acquaintance or relative’s place is a safe place for children. One doesn’t know when the child can become a victim of sexual assault or the ill effects of technology.
And hence, to discuss these issues and how one can avoid and tackle them, Mumbai Mirror presents “New Age Parenting”, in association with Sandip University and Korum Mall. The event was held at Korum Mall Thane on September 2, 2017 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.
Over 100 parents attended the event wherein three prominent speakers, Mrs Revathi Srinivasan – Director Education & Principal of Smt Sulochanadevi Singhania School, Thane; Dr Harish Shetty, Social Psychiatrist and Ms Chandrika Rambiya, Program Manager, Training Service, Arpan NGO (working on Child Sexual Abuse).
The event started with Mrs Revathi Srinivasan taking the stage. She spoke on values and upbringing of children in recent years. She spoke on how parents need to be role models to children. “Parents need to attend these workshops, because in recent times, it has become challenging to manage a house and career and it is necessary to give valuable time to your children,” she said.
The second speaker, Chandrika Rambiya, through a power point presentation showed parents how to teach children about good and bad touch.
“It is not only girls, but even boys, who need attention and should be taught how to take care of themselves,” she said. She asked parents to always encourage and build confidence in their children. Chandrika also explained how to deal with a child abuse case and whom to reach out to in these cases. The NGO distributed books on children’s safety to all parents.
The last speaker was Dr Harish Shetty, a Social psychiatrist, who showed the different types of parenting and how one should avoid certain types. He informed parents to adjust with changing times. He also explained how parents should not fall for emotional blackmailing by children and their tantrums. “Choices should not be given to children as that cultivates the habit of throwing tantrums,” he said.
After the speakers finished their session, there was a question and answer round, wherein parents raised many queries regarding the upbringing of children.
The seminar ended on a positive note, and many parents left with happiness in their hearts and suggested that such seminars on parenting should be organised once every month.
Source: Mumbai Mirror