How par­ents pre­pare kids for the fes­tive sea­son

Daily Trust - - DIGEST - By Shaba Abubakar Idris

The fes­tive sea­son is one with which work­ing par­ents will have to cope with the chal­lenge of shut­tling be­tween work and tak­ing care of their chil­dren. While schools are on va­ca­tion, or­gan­is­ers of home tu­to­ri­als and ex­tra­mu­ral classes may also travel or will want to cel­e­brate the sea­son with their loved.

There­fore, many par­ents are left with no op­tion but to care for the chil­dren and still en­sure that their oc­cu­pa­tions do not suf­fer.

Par­ents will want to treat their chil­dren to a nice ex­pe­ri­ence to add plea­sure to the sea­son. So they are usu­ally caught be­tween their jobs and plan­ning the spe­cial treats.

A civil ser­vant, Mr. Moses John, fully aware of the needs of his chil­dren and the im­por­tance of the sea­son, ap­plied for his an­nual leave this De­cem­ber so that he will have enough time to at­tend to spend the fes­tive sea­son with his fam­ily.

Mr. John said, “I usu­ally take my leave in De­cem­ber to spend some qual­ity time with my kids. I feel there is need for them to re­lax dur­ing the break so that they would have fun, be re­freshed and pre­pared for re­sump­tion.”

John said he took them out fre­quently and show­ered them with gifts to en­cour­age them not only in their stud­ies, but also to cel­e­brate the sea­son.

Mrs. Philom­ena Daniel, a trader and mother of two, said her chil­dren usu­ally watched car­toon chan­nels while she worked in her shop.

“I don’t usu­ally en­gage my chil­dren with stud­ies or home tu­to­ri­als dur­ing the fes­tive pe­riod be­cause I feel hol­i­day should be rest­ing time for them as they pre­pare for next term; they need to re­fresh their mem­o­ries.”

Mrs. Daniel said she em­ployed a nanny for them and that “when they are at home, they are busy with car­toons and other games. I take them out on Sun­days to get them what they want and al­low them to play to their sat­is­fac­tion.”

An­other par­ent, Mr. Gbenga Adeosi, said while some par­ents wanted their wards to be en­gaged in ex­tra les­sons, some wanted them to learn trade and so took them to their work­shops, but that his chil­dren were al­ways in­doors.

“Dur­ing this fes­tive pe­riod, we have cases of kid­nap­ping, armed rob­bery and ri­tu­als. Some par­ents be­lieve their chil­dren should stay at home dur­ing the fes­tive pe­riod be­cause of se­cu­rity threats in some places in the coun­try.

“Since the hol­i­day is al­most one month, and I know that those who are do­ing les­sons will have need for money, I will get a home tu­tor to take them on some sub­jects for two weeks and use the re­main­ing two weeks to cel­e­brate,” he said.

For Mr. Afam Chik­windu, he said, “I am do­ing my best to pro­vide for the chil­dren and make their hol­i­day lively, es­pe­cially dur­ing the fes­tive pe­riod. Even though I don’t spend too much time with them, the lit­tle I have, I use it ju­di­ciously.”

Mr. Chik­windu said his chil­dren were not nor­mally en­rolled in ex­tra­mu­ral classes dur­ing the De­cem­ber break, and that as such, they had enough time to rest and en­joy the fes­tive sea­son.

Un­like Chuk­windu, the hol­i­day is a time for Malam Musa Aliyu to send his chil­dren home to his par­ents.

Malam Aliyu said, “Once the chil­dren are on De­cem­ber break, I send them to see their grand­par­ents so that they will get to know them and also get ac­quainted with our cul­ture. There is fun in the vil­lage, you know,” adding that his chil­dren had got­ten ac­cus­tomed to the rou­tine that they ea­gerly waited for De­cem­ber ev­ery year.

“My chil­dren love De­cem­ber breaks more than any other break be­cause they don’t do any les­son; all they do is play and travel,” he said.

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