Co-ordinator of the Coalition for Better Parenting, Doret Crawford, has stressed the need for parents to listen more to their children.
Listening effectively, she said, nurtures trust and confidence between parent and child and builds stronger parent-child relationships.
“Listening is one of the fundamental skills that parents need to learn. A listening parent is an informed parent. By listening to children, you can gather information about what they know, how they feel about something, the things they like, the things they fear and what they think about you as a parent,” Ms. Crawford said.
She was addressing a Think Tank Thursday (November 8) at the Jamaica Information Service’s (JIS) head office on Half-Way-Tree Road.
Ms. Crawford informed that the Coalition has been working with the Ministry of Education and non-governmental organisations (NGO) to train parents, guardians and caregivers in better parenting and listening skills.
The aim, she said, is “to move away from authoritarian childrearing attitudes to a more flexible approach to parenting”.
These initiatives, she said, will continue during November, which is being observed as Parent Month, through a series of workshops in the Ministry of Education’s six regions, geared towards parents, caregivers and guardians. Parenting exhibitions will also be held across the regions.
“Many parents will need help in adopting this concept of listening,” Ms. Crawford said.
Parent Month is being observed under the theme: ‘Parent the Right Way: Start Listening to Your Child Today’, and activities getunderway with a national church service on Sunday (Nov.11) at the Ocho Rios Baptist Church on Milford Road, starting at 9:00 a.m.
Activities for the month will culminate with a Parenting Award Ceremony schedule for Friday, November 30 at the RIU hotel in Montego Bay starting at 10:00 a.m.