Don’t ig­nore the chil­dren

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Nt­wanano Maluleke via email When the word ‘abuse’ is men­tioned, we usu­ally think of the phys­i­cal part of it.

We tend to for­get that it’s not only hurt­ing their lit­tle bod­ies that con­sti­tutes abuse. Many kids are fa­ther­less while their fa­thers are alive. If, as a par­ent, you ig­nore the ba­sic needs of your chil­dren, you are an abu­sive par­ent. Chil­dren’s needs are not only for moth­ers to meet; it’s the re­spon­si­bil­ity of both par­ents. The emo­tional scars you leave on your ne­glected chil­dren have a very neg­a­tive ef­fect on their lives.

Let’s not fo­cus only on the phys­i­cal abuse, but tackle all forms of abuse. Chil­dren de­serve to be raised by lov­ing par­ents, and that shouldn’t be de­ter­mined by the re­la­tion­ship of their par­ents. Let’s love our kids to build lov­ing fu­ture par­ents.

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