Par­ents can bond with kids, coun­sel them on hol­i­day

The Star (Kenya) - - Voices -

The Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion an­nounced the 2016 term dates for schools and col­leges in the coun­try. In this change, schools will close on Novem­ber 18 for the ex­tended De­cem­ber hol­i­days, which will last 68 days. For some par­ents, this poses a big chal­lenge and they are strug­gling to come up with in­no­va­tive ways to keep their chil­dren pos­i­tively en­gaged. Given that chil­dren will stay at home un­su­per­vised, some work­ing par­ents are con­cerned that they may be re­cruited into crime, en­gage in il­licit sex and drug abuse. It is im­por­tant for ev­ery par­ent to know that hav­ing his or her son or daugh­ter at home is not a bur­den. This is the right time to bond and coun­sel your child and maybe en­gage them with tu­ition and mak­ing sure they ac­cess the li­braries. It is the par­ents’ re­spon­si­bil­ity to en­sure that they do not fall into drugs and sub­stance abuse.

LYNNETTE WANJA Kabi­anga

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