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Impact of Bad Parenting in Nigeria

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Stakeholders express deep concern over the growing connection between poor parenting and escalating crime rates. They emphasize the critical role of parents in shaping the moral compass of youths.

At a recent summit in Lagos, the Parenting in the Bull’s Eyes Advocacy Initiative, along with the Institute of Counselling in Nigeria spotlighted this concern.

Mr. Gbenga Owolabi, the Director of PDX Innovation Hub, pointed out that the consequences of poor parenting manifest as:

– Prostitution

– Cultism

– Kidnapping

– Drug abuse

– Domestic violence

– Bullying

– Cybercrime

He stressed the importance of parents not outsourcing their duties to caregivers like domestic helpers, teachers, and even media outlets. Owolabi emphasized that parents’ influence shouldn’t be limited only to their lifetime.

A pediatrician and public health physician highlighted the link between parents’ mental health and their ability to nurture children effectively. She identified challenges such as:

– Sleep deprivation

– Work-family balance

– Financial stress

– Setting boundaries

– Parenting styles and conflicts

– Lack of emotional support

These challenges could lead to mental health issues like stress, anxiety, and postpartum depression.

To promote positive parenting and mental well-being, she recommended:

– Building mental resilience

– Maintaining a positive mindset

– Improving problem-solving skills

– Being adaptable

– Effective time management

– Practicing self-care

– Seeking professional help when needed

The stakeholders’ call is a wake-up alarm for parents and society. It’s a reminder that the future of the nation rests largely on today’s parenting. Parents are encouraged to re-evaluate their roles and commit to raising responsible future leaders.

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