Mr Emmanuel Nyarko-Tetteh, a Child Development Practitioner, has encouraged parents to understand their children’s temperament to be able to provide them with proper care.
He noted that parents should be prepared to deal with their children intelligently, under any situation that might arise in order to avoid ill-treatment that might result in negative psychological impacts that affects children
Mr Nyarko-Tetteh gave this advice in his presentation at a seminar dubbed: “Parenting on Purpose”, in Accra.
The event was organised by the Radiant Family Gatekeepers, a Christian Movement, championing bible based parenting.
It aims at conscientising parents on the need to uphold quality and purposeful parenting.
Mr Nyarko-Tetteh said most parents did not understand this attachment and should learn to consider their children’s feelings adding that; “sometimes we want to go hard on them to satisfy onlookers and not the child who is at the centre of the issue”.
He noted that a child’s temperament influences his or her interaction with the environment, and as such, it shapes the child’s development.
The Child Development Practitioner explained that understanding children’s temperament could help parents improve children’s upbringing practices and as well promote the adoption of social policies regarding children’s well-being and welfare.
Mr Nyarko- Tetteh said a research indicated that children who have the ability to inhibit inappropriate behaviours, delay gratification and use cognitive methods of controlling their emotions and behaviour that tends to be well-adjusted and liked by their peers and adults.
Speaking to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) on the sideline of the event, Mrs Gifty Agyemang, the Coordinator for the Radiant Family Gatekeepers, said parenting does not happen by chance or to the fact that one has given birth to a child; a good parent strives to make decisions in the best interest of the child.
She said most of the challenges in society were due to the way some parents were raising their children, a situation she described as getting out of hand.
Mrs Agyemang noted that all must be concerned and involved in the way we raised our next generation and again observed that children when raised well grow up to impact the next generations yet unborn.
“If a tree is growing and it has no direction; it grows anyhow,” she added.
The Coordinator told GNA that the purpose of their quarterly seminars was to conscientise parents on good parenting skills and child development; and deals with several topics on children and the cyber world, teaching children about sex, peer pressure, and very interesting parent related topics.