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'Befriend your children'

Parents of toddlers and school kids got lessons on parenting at a conference on the theme ‘Befrending your child as a parent’ organised by Help Child Charitable Trust and CARE Institute of Behavioural Sciences here, recently.

Published: 28th January 2014 07:26 AM  |   Last Updated: 28th January 2014 07:26 AM   |  A+A-

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Parents of toddlers and school kids got lessons on parenting at a conference on the theme ‘Befrending your child as a parent’ organised by Help Child Charitable Trust and CARE Institute of Behavioural Sciences here, recently.

BS Virudhagirinathan, organising secretary of the conference, said parenting today is a challenge which needs proper understanding of the child’s abilities and difficulties. Focus should be on improving the academics and behaviour of children with a befriending approach by parents, he added.

MC Mathew, HoD, Developmental Pediatrics & Child Neurology, MOSC Medical College, Ernakulam, admonished the modern approach to parenting. “If you have not got used to talking to them when they are young then it is unlikely that they will talk to you when they grow older,” he said.

Several parents raised doubts on children’s behavioural problems. “You just cannot bring the world into the house through television and Internet,” he told them.

Experts from the fields of Pediatrics, Clinical Psychology, Psychiatry, Neurology and Education presented various aspects of problems in parenting and how they could be managed.

Over 300 parents and teachers participated in the conference which mainly focused on building relationships from infancy to adolescence. It also included discussions on topics like  academic difficulties, social media — pains and gains, and teacher’s perspective on parenting.

Bharat Joshi, Deputy High Commissioner, British Deputy High Commission, Southern India, inaugurated the conference, while K Devarajan, Director of Government Examinations, presided over the inaugural function.



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