World Family Day: Psychologist Warns Of Children Exposure To Violence
The Conselling Psychologist, Network for Psychosocial Support Africa (NPS-Africa), Ms Aisha Bubah, has warned families against exposing their children to violence at home.
Bubah said this in an interview with the press on Tuesday in Abuja to commemorate the World Families Day.
According to her, peaceful families reflect positively to the country, stressing that parents and other members of the family must decrease the exposure and direct experience of violence.
The theme for this year’s day is: “Families and Inclusive Societies’’, with the aim to explore the role that families and family policies can play in achieving Sustainable Development Goal 16.
Goal 16 seeks to promote peace, justice and strong institutions in the society.
It said that “without peace, stability, human rights and effective governance, based on the rule of law – we cannot hope for sustainable development’’.
She said the family have to believe in peace, adding that providing enabling environment is key to having a peaceful family.
“To communicate and reinforce the values that parents and adults in the home think are important, it is critical to have a peaceful family with relationships that are respected.
“Values are not taught to children by talking about them,” she said.
Bubah said children learn to be nice by having someone being nice to them.
She added that they learn to be peaceful and non-violent by having other people demonstrate what it is to be peaceful, saying the home is the most important place for a child.
Also a Senior Clinical Psychologist with Ado Ekiti Teaching Hospital, Mr Adetoun Ajiboye, said the family was the bedrock of any society as everyone is a product of a family.
“When you build a family, you build a society but if there are deficiencies in one family, it can affect the family that does not have deficiencies.
“A good family is expected to instil values, norms and culture in their children, so as to ensure positive impacts on the society,” he said.
Ajiboye said instilling good values in the children as a parent, does not only protect a child but also create a civilised conscious citizen and help move society towards a better tomorrow.
The National Coordinator, Child and Youth Protection Foundation (CYPF)), Mr Kolawole Olatosimi, said the role of family cannot be overemphasised.
“What start in the family changes the world; so if the world desires peace and tranquillity, we need to pay more attention to that institution where it all started.
“There is need to be a balance in campaigns, policies and advocate to ensure the family is not sidelined from adequate consideration,” he said.
Mrs Joy Elisha-Oyelere, a mother advised parents to teach their children healthy norms and culture, saying there is need to go back to the basics.
he press report that the World Family Day is commemorated on May 15 every year.