Parent and Community Involvement
Role of the Parent
Parents should not fail to acknowledge any good deed done by the child
Parents should model respect for people of all religions, races, nationalities and cultures.
In the family, the parents should have a compatible relationship so that a peaceful environment is created in order to bring joy and happiness to the child’s life, the absence of which impedes the emotional and spiritual development of the child
All family members should assemble together at least once a day for saying prayers.
Read age-appropriate values-based literature to their child
Provide age-appropriate games and play material to promote curiosity and exploration (no violent or dangerous toys)
Talk to the child about the importance of respect for God, other people, animals and environment
Be affectionate with their child (touching, caressing, massage, etc.)
Pray with the child and teach the child prayers
Provide positive role models for their child
Maintain a loving relationship within their family (parent-parent and parent-child)
Maintain active, loving communication (both verbal and non-verbal) with the child
Gradually expose their child to a diversity of safe and stimulating environments
Role of the Mother as First Educator
- By doing the stated things she is predisposing the child to acquiring good values.
- While the child is in the womb, the mother’s responsibility is to create conditions that will allow for her child to develop optimally
- Means that she should
- have positive thoughts
- pray & meditate
- avoid drugs& alcohol
- eat healthy food
- talk to the child
- listen to peaceful music
- read good literature
- As much as possible, the parents should create a home environment that is clean, hygienic, and stress-free.
- It is important that prospective parents be offered parenthood training classes before the birth of their child so that they are well prepared to receive the child.
- While the child will not possess universal values while in utero, he / she will be born with a predisposition to acquire these values.
Role of the Father as First Educator
The father should be supportive in every way: