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Challenges Some Parents Face To Discipline Children

Some iTaukei parents are facing challenges in trying to discipline their children, a study has found. It says there is a conflict between how they used to teach their children
15 Nov 2016 11:00
Challenges Some Parents Face To Discipline Children
Women from various government ministries affiliated to the child protection program outside the venue of the workshop in Suva yesterday.Photo:JONE LUVENITOGA

Some iTaukei parents are facing challenges in trying to discipline their children, a study has found.

It says there is a conflict between how they used to teach their children and the law which outlaws smacking and similar forms of discipline.

Some parents use the Biblical reference  “spare the rod, spoil the child.”

The study, a Review of the Contextualised Child Protection Manual for iTaukei Communities, was discussed during a workshop at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva yesterday.

Retired teacher, Raijeli Racule, said after consultations, it found that the concept of children’s rights had hindered some iTaukei parents to carrying out the responsibility of disciplining their children.

She said parents’ role had been degraded while children’s rights had gained more recognition within society.

Ms Racule said children’s rights came with responsibilities which were very important in the iTaukei communities.

“Even the word ‘children’s rights’ scares iTaukei parents. It is a totally new term for them and this also applies to teachers. They have stopped disciplining students because of children’s rights,” Ms Racule said.

And as such, the lack of self-discipline could lead to more problems in our society, she said.

Every parent wanted their children to demonstrate good character and behaviour within society.

Ministry of iTaukei Affairs official, Simione Sevudredre said most iTaukei parents thought nothing of the term ‘children’s rights’.

He believed that children’s rights were not emphasised within the iTaukei culture.

Mr Sevudredre said it had been the norm in the iTaukei society that children were born to be helpers to their elders (Sa i vakarau tu noda bula na iTaukei ni gone era sucu mai me ra i talai).

It all starts from home, he said, where from a young age, the child was disciplined where necessary.

“You can’t discipline a person when they are old, discipline them as they grow up to become young adults,” he said.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

Feedback: arieta.vakasukawaqa@fijisun.com.fj

 



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