Let us create time for our children

Editor, I would like to react to the story, "Children demand more parenting time as 10th annual summit opens" (The New Times, November 20). We parents have to do everything to be with our children, even though working conditions sometimes don't accord us enough time that we need.
Children perform at the 2014 National Children’s Summit last week. (Timothy Kisambira)
Children perform at the 2014 National Children’s Summit last week. (Timothy Kisambira)

Editor,

I would like to react to the story, “Children demand more parenting time as 10th annual summit opens” (The New Times, November 20)

We parents have to do everything to be with our children, even though working conditions sometimes don’t accord us enough time that we need. We have to also remember that children are the future of this country, and that tending to them for proper upbringing is the foundation of a better Rwanda.

I and my wife work but my job is a bit flexible enough for me to create time for our baby boy. I take him to kindergarten, and I then go back and take him home in the evening, but the experience has taught me a thing or two about psychological behaviors of children.

By staying with him, I’ve noticed how he needs constant parental company. I do all the best to fill the void he might experience because of not being with his mother every day (she, most of the time, comes when he is already asleep).

I play with him, I bathe him and even take him to bed. Whenever I come home, I can see how his face dramatically radiates because I am back.

I’m calling upon parents to avail more time to their children because it helps them nurture relationship with them as well as grow up with love and compassion.

We should also find more time to take our children out because this feeds into the fantasy world they live in.

I thank the Government of Rwanda for having organised the children’s summit.

Corneille Kabayiza

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