"Parents should spare time to be with children to instill in them some values like hard work, patience and faithfulness."
PIC: This schoolgoer can't wait to be picked up by his parents for holidays. (Credit: Maureen Nakatudde)
The school second term has come to an end and children are back home to enjoy the much-awaited holiday. But with their presence at home, there is need for parents not to forget their duties.
Some parents relegate the duty of bringing up their children to the house-helps and television. But Kiggundu Mugerwa, a teacher at JesJonny Primary School in Mukono, urges parents to actively be involved in their children’s upbringing.
It's no doubt most parents lead busy lives. But Mugerwa urges them to create time for their young loved ones.
“Parents should spare time to be with children to instill in them some values like hard work, patience and faithfulness,” says the teacher.
“They should also sentizise children about dangerous diseases like HIV/AIDS and how to avoid them.”
Children always look forward to having some fun during holiday time. (Credit: Maureen Nakatudde)
Stephen Masiga, the headteacher of Pax Junior School, shares similar sentiments.
He says parents should help their children be useful at home because most of the learning takes place at home. “Things like personal hygiene, doing housework and general cleanliness of a place are always learnt straight from home."
If parents fails to help their children do that, they would have done them a disservice.
As much children should have time for playing, they shouldn't get detached from school work during the holiday, opines Masiga.
“We all know that third term is a promotional one, therefore children need to prepare for it through revision."
As such, parents are advised to draw a timetable with their children so that they allocate time for every activity. This can include time for playing, watching television, doing domestic chores, reading, among other things.
As the children have fun and rest at home, Masiga calls upon parents to help their children be responsible, like avoiding moving about alone, which could result into kidnapping, child sacrifice and defilement.
Most importantly, children and their parents should remember to honour God and go to their respective places of worship during the holidays. This will not only help them know their faith, but also stay on the right path.