By Emma Onumah
Parents were, at the weekend, coached on good child upbringing during recession at the just-concluded Women’s conference of the Anglican Diocese of Ikeduru, held at Holy Trinity Church, Iho, Ikeduru Local Government Area of Imo State.
Delivering his address entitled “The Child and Family Upbringing in a time like this,” a business mogul, Dr. Enoch Iwueze, urged parents to try to train their children in the way they should go, so that when they grow old, they will not depart from it.
Dr. Iwueze, who is the Chairman/Chief Executive of AirSea Freighters Limited, Port Harcourt, identified parenting as a key factor to the upbringing of a child, and enumerated many styles of parenting to include – authoritative, authoritarian, permissive, and uninvolved parenting styles.
Dr. Iwueze who is a noble Knight of St. Christopher, Owerri Council, counseled parents to adopt such a parenting style that would not be too hard on their children nor make them become too free in life, giving two instances, where you spare the rod and spoil the child, and another situation where one applies the rod and reproof, in order to make the child receive wisdom, and also be disciplined, making reference to a portion of the Bible, Proverbs 29:15 &17.
Referring to the economic recession facing the Nation today, Dr. Iwueze stressed the need for a trained child to make himself/herself available for youth empowerment programs, and that such a child should know that he/she will not remain a child forever, as there shall come a time of adulthood in his life, and a time to also become a parent.
He noted that a time would also come when the parents would become old and feeble, and would look up to him or her for support, pointing out that any wealth to which nothing is added, continues to diminish until it is exhausted.
Sir Enoch warned children against failing to realise that this world is not the ultimate because, according to him, there will always be a time to give account to our Creator, about our individual activities here on earth.