THE EXISTENCE AND THRIVING OF OUR FUTURE LEADERS MUST NOT BE COMPROMISED
The thriving of a child largely depends on experiences he or she goes through both at home and the outside world. A child must experience a steady and continuing care by a loving, nurturing caretaker, whether that person is a parent, guardian or temporary caregiver. The security and support that such an adult can provide contribute in shaping the child which consequently impacts on their self-confidence and general well-being.
In order to mature emotionally and socially, children must interact with people outside their home. Such interactions typically occur with close relatives with friends; neighbors; and people at child care centers, schools, churches, and the like. By coping with the minor pressures and conflicts inherent in these interactions, children gradually acquire the skills to handle more significant stress. Children also learn by watching how the adults in their lives handle distress.
However, certain major events, such as illness and divorce, may challenge and have adverse effect child’s abilities to cope with the outside world. These events may also interfere with the child’s emotional and social development. For example, a chronic illness may prevent a child from participating in activities and also impair performance in school.
Events affecting the child may also have negative consequences for people close to the child. Everyone who cares for a sick child is under stress. The consequences of such stress vary with the nature and severity of the illness and with the family’s emotional resources and other resources and supports.
Studies have shown that a high percentage of children receive child care outside the home before they start school. Many children aged between 5 and 12 also receive care outside the home before or after school. Sources of care include relatives, neighbors, qualified and unqualified care providers and child care centers. Care can also be provided in the home by a relative or nanny. Child care outside of the home varies in quality. The bigger question lies on the care given to children outside the home. Some care are excellent, others are very poor. Care outside of the home can also have benefits. Children can benefit from the social and academic stimulation of quality child care. Parents must therefore take careful consideration in deciding who takes care and where to take their children as this impact immensely on the very survival of their children who are our Future leaders.
“Be Kind to a woman and a child today”