No doubt, if not for our parents, none of us would be where we are today. Although we may not always see or stay together, the love and wisdom parents instill upon us is something that can never be forgotten.
The importance of parents can be seen in the way they support our lives. Parents are the only ones who show unconditional love. They play biggest role in our development. Whether it is in our mental, physical, social, financial or career development, parents help their children in every step of their lives.
When we are young, our parents prepare us for the future challenges. When we make mistakes, they are our teachers. Parents bear the brunt of many challenges in the family.
As the anchors of the family and the foundation of our communities and societies, parents have the responsibility of sheltering their families from harm, caring for out-of-school children and, at the same time, continuing their work responsibilities. Without support from parents, children’s health, education and emotional well-being is at risk.
It is heartening therefore that, in Anambra state, in the midst of many challenges bedeviling the family, Governor Willie Obiano (Akpokuedike Global) has continued to show love to our parents by ensuring that the adverse effects of socio-economic and political challenges are reduced on the family.
The alert governor has continued to push the bars of limitation by ensuring prompt payment of salaries to parents, to ensure that they meet their obligations. Akpokuedike has ensured sustenance of good maternal and child healthcare programmes, and ensured that increasing number of parents benefit from the Anambra State Health Insurance Scheme ASHIA and other lofty programmes of government.
In addition, the wife of the Governor, Dr. Ebelechukwu Obiano (Osodieme) has continued to blaze the trail by providing Psycho-Socio Support, recognizing that skill provides a sustainable pathway out of poverty, using her pet project, Caring Family Enhancement Initiative, CAFÉ, to train and empower more than 5,000 Ndi Anambra in various Skills, built over 27 houses for indigent widows and more than 50 boreholes & toilet facilities across various markets in the State.
The first family in the state equally took care of other health challenges of families by providing prosthetic limbs to families among others.
Children are gifts from God and there are responsibilities expected of parents towards their children. Unfortunately, not all parents are responsible to their children, hence the rising trend of moral decadence in our today society.
Thus, the ultimate goal of parents should be to lay foundation in their children’s young impressionable years. The goal of godly parenting is to help children want to walk in the footsteps of parents.
Most parents claim to fear God but the issue is how many are truly who they claim to be? You do not train children with words but by actions. Young children’s perception of God is primarily developed by their parents’ example; the way they live. We cannot hope to rear godly children, if we, as parents, are not genuine godly examples.
The family is the place where children learn values, hard-work, character, and what is most important in life. Society thrives when families are strong and when the principles they cultivate inform the daily choices and personal conduct of their members.
If the increasing moral decadence in our society must be reduced, parents must apply good principles in training their children. Therefore, let parents bequeath to their children not rules, but the spirit of reverence. The best inheritance a parent can give his child is a few minutes of his time each day. Above all, there is no such thing as a perfect parent. So, just be a real parent.