Better parenting with self-esteem

2015-10-20 06:00
Above: Liezel Booysen, Colleen Dicks, Taslynn de Wee and Veronica Fourie (seated) at the Safeline exhibit at an expo for parents in Beacon Valley last week. 

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Above: Liezel Booysen, Colleen Dicks, Taslynn de Wee and Veronica Fourie (seated) at the Safeline exhibit at an expo for parents in Beacon Valley last week. PHOTOS: Samantha lee

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Parents were the focus of empowerment efforts at an event in Beacon Valley last week.

Starting with workshops held at the community centre, the three-day event built up to an expo where some organisations answered questions from and interacted with parents.

From Tuesday to Thursday, ward councillor Solomon Philander joined forces with several organisations to improve the lives and increase the confidence levels of parents in the area.

“Your children are your joy. I take my hat off to you for taking the time out of your busy schedules to see how you can improve yourselves and be better parents,” said Moefeeda Salie-Kagee, district head for social development.

Philander said: “If you are, then your family is healthy; if your family is healthy, your street is healthy. If your street is healthy, your community is healthy and then everyone is.”

Mosaic, the Parent Centre, the Independent Electoral Commission, Safeline, the department of health, City of Cape Town’s social development, YMCA, the Homeless agency and other City departments were represented at the expo.

Dawn Fish of Mosaic said at the expo it would also not be the last time they partnered with the councillor.

“Partnerships are important because we all come together to see how we can assist, because what we don’t have, another organisation will have,” she said.

The organisation also facilitated two workshops during the week.

Other organisations also facilitated workshops on foetal alcohol syndrome, child abuse, disability at home, domestic violence, a men’s care group, HIV and Aids and building self-esteem.

The event was funded through the ward allocation budget.

Safeline community development assistant Veronica Fourie said her organisation participated to educate residents on the role they played in the community. The organisation has a branch in Beacon Valley and formed part of the workshops last week.

“We wanted to empower the community about communicating between parent and child but also husband and wife. These are values and morals often broken in the home,” she said.

The workshops enabled parents to learn from each other’s difficulties and taught parents how to look for the signs of sexual abuse in their children.

A parent, Adam van Wyk, attended the three days and says there was a lot to learn.

“The children are most important. The sessions were very valuable and the games and exercises were fun and structured in a way that we can’t forget what we have learnt. I would encourage more parents to attend and apply it in their family lives,” he says.

Another parent, Roellien Johnson, agrees.

“Times are changing. The way we grew up is different from today. It was great to learn from the facilitators the right way to treat our children and hear the other parents’ experiences,” she says

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