A parent's presence in child's life is critical

Editor, I share many views expressed by Corneille Kabayiza in the letter, "Let us create time for our children" (The New Times, November 26).

Editor,

I share many views expressed by Corneille Kabayiza in the letter, “Let us create time for our children” (The New Times, November 26).

Those of us who were fortunate to have a blissful childhood with parents physically and emotionally present, understand how it has shaped the adults we have become.

Parents build our sense of self awareness, self confidence, and self worth – and help us to position ourselves and know how to find our balance in a world that can occasionally be chaotic.

These attributes can only come through “quality time” spent together – time when you learn to “decrypt” yourself, your environment and the world around you.

It is not always easy for working parents to spend a lot of time with their children, but from personal experience, it is more about how you spend your time together than how much time you have.

Parents should avail more time if they know it is needed (they are the main judges of that) but they should also feel reassured that the real difference in the child’s life will be how preciously used that time was.

Diyana

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