Skills for parents

Salaseini Moceiwai, Friday, April 11, 2014, The Fiji Times

ABOUT 35 adults on Taveuni will now have a better understanding of nurturing their children well after attending a three-day parenting course.

The course at the LDS Hall in Naqara was facilitated by the Empower Pacific in conjunction with the Australian Volunteers International Child Protection.

Taveuni Empowerment of Women Support Group chairwoman Volau Yavalanavanua said the course was a success as the feedback was positive.

"The skills that we have learnt are very practical and it encourages both parents and children to respect each other," she said.

"We learnt how important it is for us as parents to be very clear in the way we give instructions to children and to notice the positive things they do and give praise freely.

"It is also crucial for us to be good listeners and be patient when we help to counsel our children with their concerns," said Ms Yavalanavanua

Course facilitator Lavinia Dakai said parenting was an important job because it helped in children's growth.

The topics included positive parenting, respectful relationships, conflict resolution, stress management and self-care, basic communication, counselling and art therapy.