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Dame Abimbola Fashola (2nd L), Mrs.Iyabo Ladipo (R), Dr. Yinka Akinbami (L) and Sheik Abdu-Rahman Ahmad (2nd R) during the Parenting Forum.
Dame Abimbola Fashola (R) with Vicar Yinka Omo-lolu (M) and Mrs Bisi Awo-yomi (L) during Learning-for-Life Parenting Forum organized by LEARN.
Mar 6, 2012 - Create More Time For Your Children - Dame Fashola Urges Parents
The Lagos Empowerment and Resource Network, a pet project of the Lagos State First Lady, Dame Emmanuella Fashola took another bold step recently when it organized a forum for parents and clerics to talk on parenting.
The events, which brought together hundreds of parents, deliberated more on the need for parents to create more time for their children while pursuing their careers.
Speaking to both the students and parents on the theme, "Parenting today, are we succeeding?" Dame Fashola urged them to stand for integrity and decency.
She said, "Don't try to be like any other person. Whatever you do in private, do it in public. Remember your future. Don't expose yourself to immorality either physically or through the internet."
The First Lady advised parents to be mindful of the kind of friends their children mingle with while ensuring that they give the right education to them. "We should not be carried away by social activities or career," she said.
Another speaker, who is also a cleric, lamented that many parents did not care how their children lived anymore but are only interested in their personal career.
She called on parents, especially mothers to be their children best friends, adding that the quality of children is determined by the quality of women in the society.
According to the cleric, a parent who creates time for her children and gives them quality education and moral upbringing has not only helped the family but has contributed immensely to the growth of the society.
One of the resource persons spoke extensively on the failure of parents to develop the society, describing the family as the smallest unit of any community.
She explained that if parents could ensure that their children were well trained with the right moral and etiquette, it would go a long way to create a better society.