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  • Minister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, is urging parents to seek assistance through the National Parenting Support Commission (NPSC) whenever they feel overwhelmed by their children’s behaviour.
  • The Education Minister noted that the NPSC was established to provide the necessary guidance and support to parents across the island.
  • The workshop, a collaborative effort of the NPSC, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and Hear the Children Cry, formed part of family awareness week activities being held under the theme: ‘Strengthening Families: Build Our Nation’.

Minister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, is urging parents to seek assistance through the National Parenting Support Commission (NPSC) whenever they feel overwhelmed by their children’s behaviour.

He gave this advice at a family awareness workshop today (August 20), at the Haile Selassie High School in Kingston.

The Education Minister noted that the NPSC was established to provide the necessary guidance and support to parents across the island.

One of the Commission’s main initiatives he said, is the establishment of Parent Places within the Ministry of Education’s six Regions  of which over 30 are already in place.

“If you bond together under the parenting commission and the parenting place and network, there is plenty of help that you can get and there’s plenty of support. Even if you can’t handle the rude boy or girl who is getting out of hand, if you come and ask for help, we can all try and do something, because every child can learn and every child must learn,” Minister Thwaites stated.

He further encouraged the parents to stay close to their children, and not to give up on them. “Don’t try to beat them into submission.  Learn what it is to be a good parent, and look at what they are watching on television. The television can lead plenty astray if you are not careful, (and) talk to them,” he said.

Rev. Thwaites also used the opportunity to appeal to fathers to provide stable homes and environments for their children, adding that they do not have to be wealthy to do these things.

 

The Education Minister told the students in attendance, to value their education and keep on the right path.

He further encouraged them to do their best in their classes irrespective of the schools they will attend in the 2014/15 academic, adding that their parents have made a lot of sacrifice to ensure their needs are met.

Executive Director, NPSC, Dr. Patrece Charles Freeman, reminded the parents that they too have to grow in their parenting roles during each stage of their children’s lives.

She told them to build positive relationships with their children, respect their space and privacy, but at the same time, know what is happening in their lives.

The workshop, a collaborative effort of the NPSC, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and Hear the Children Cry, formed part of family awareness week activities being held under the theme: ‘Strengthening Families: Build Our Nation’.

Another workshop is slated for tomorrow (Aug. 21) at the Godfrey Stewart High School in Westmoreland.