WHAT KNOWLEDGE SHOULD PARENTS POSSESS?
Parenting is the most difficult job in the world; it has no preliminary education or exams. This being said, educating children properly is a crucial challenge. Parents are the ones responsible for what their children will be in future. Venera Korobkova, the head of ‘The Institute for Promoting Family Education’ NGO, told us what qualities and knowledge parents should possess. She is sure that family atmosphere is the most important thing here. If parents can listen to their children and understand them, the family will be happy and stable. It will have a positive impact on educating a child.
The Institute for Promoting Family Education actualises a number of topical projects in Perm Krai. One of them focuses on parenting education. Children’s proper education is a great responsibility. That is why parents should possess necessary knowledge. Venera heads an NGO, which trains nursery teachers, primary school teachers, supervising teachers, psychologists, social care teachers, who work with children and their parents. It is important for socio-pedagogical specialists to be able to communicate with parents informally.
Ms. Korobkova develops a family club network in Perm Krai. Parents communicate with their children there while participating in various projects and trying to find common interests. They spend time together while starting to understand one another better and recognising family values, which makes them happy. Statistically, families-members of such clubs are less likely to break up.
Perm Krai also regularly holds webinars, workshops, forums, and conferences for parents on scientific and methodological assistance in supporting family education. The Institute for Promoting Family Education is acting facilitated by the Ministry of Social Development and the Ministry of Education of Perm Krai.
Our interlocutress told us there are several skills parents should possess. Those are the motivational one (the understanding of one’s importance and responsibility as a parent), cognitive one (knowledge of children’s psychological and age-related features, and ways of constructive interaction with one’s child), emotional one (the ability of understanding child’s feelings while being ready to controlling one’s negative emotions), and action-related one (knowing the ways of constructive and developing interactions with one’s child while being able to find a way out of possible conflicts). Venera drew special attention to a reflexive skill, which requires the ability of young parents to analyse their teaching guidance. As a rule, they copy such guidance from their parents. Ms. Korobkova highlighted the fact that every child is special, thus, it is essential to constantly develop one’s parenting knowledge according to the given situation.
Our interviewee thinks parents should be able to listen to their children and understand them. That is the factor, which impacts friendly family atmosphere greatly.
Venera Korobkova participated in the 7th SOCIAL INNOVATIONS #INFOCUS International Conference held by the UN Geneva office, as the head of The Institute for Promoting Family Education. In the Conference’s framework representatives from 26 countries shared stories of actualising projects aimed at achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
Viktoria Yezhova, news agency of the Eurasian Women’s Community
Translated by Nikolay Boykov