By Andrew Ssenyonga
THE Archbishop of the Church of Uganda His Grace Stanley Ntagali has cautioned parents against poor parenting habits.
On Thursday afternoon, Ntagali told believers at Bweyogerere and Kirinya churches during his pastoral tour that parents have neglected their role of bringing up children in a Godly manner.
He cited cases of parents whom he said use uncouth language in the presence of their children, send them for alcohol and sometimes let them watch what he described as bad movies
“The parents are neglectful, repeatedly tolerating bad behaviour among children, aunties and uncles have forgotten their role of modeling children into good people. Uncles have instead turn evil raping the young,” Ntagali said.
He noted that parents nowadays are living carelessly an act that has brought the morals of the children and the nation at large to a ditch.
“How can you leave the house without knowing how your child slept? What kind of parent are you? Do you really care about your children at all? This is the time for you to be extra careful.
“Create programmes for your children before you leave home and if possible, keep them away from television. They should have praying time and also read about our culture,” he said.
He added that most children are exposed to defilement, fornication, hooliganism, idleness, and drug abuse, especially during holidays than in school.
“Nowadays, so many children are having sex at a tender age; partly because of poor parenting. How will that country escape the influence of the foreign culture yet they are exposed at a tender age?” Ntagali asked.
Namirembe Diocese treasurer Ven. Isaac Kijjambu advised parents to ensure that children are involved in co-curricular activities during holidays.
“Head teachers and parents must know that much as it is important to have children in class and reading their books, they must also be skilled in other physical fields,” he explained.
Moses Musoke a parent and a resident of Bweyogerere said the archbishop's sermon has opened their eyes in parenting and entrusting their children to the Lord.
“Many parents have been leaving their children when it comes to worship time. I have today learnt that my children are the members of the church tomorrow so i have to develop them in spirit,” he said.