One of the two resource persons, Dr Adzika Agbemenya Vincent, a Medical Psychologist at Neptune Medical Centre, Tema, led the session on the psychology of parenthood and skilful parenting where he shared the importance of knowing your child’s personality to promote his/her natural potential for optimal outcomes.
“As a parent, you must be intentional about raising your child. Set aside time to talk and listen to each other. Turn off phones, computers, and televisions when you and your child are communicating and talk about everyday things as you go through your day. As a parent, you should be open to talking about all kinds of feelings, including anger, joy, frustration, fear and anxiety with your child”, he advised.
The facilitating Special Education and Parenting expert shared in the struggles of working mothers and revealed practical skills that she employed herself while raising her own three children who now occupy prominent positions in society.
“There is a popular saying that goes this way ‘we expect women to work like they don’t have children and expect them to raise children like they don’t work’. It can be very daunting to think about society’s expectations of working mothers, but no matter what, it is your responsibility as a mother to prioritize your child. Don’t outsource your child’s wellbeing to anyone, take full responsibility for it and you will reap the benefits when they become adults”, she encouraged.