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Today’s Parents are Poor Role Models’

Parents are usually considered to be a child’s first teachers and role models. But, a study has some dampening news for today’s generation of adults – you’re responsible for your kid’s lack of basic moral values.

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Researchers at the CIhildren’s Society in Britain have carried out the study and found that children aren’t acquiring basic moral values nowadays because today’s parents are actually poor role models.

For their study, the researchers questioned 1,176 people – they found that two thirds of adults believe that the moral values of young people have declined considerably since the time when they were young, the Times reported. According to the society, the rise of the celebrity culture and weakening family bonds are undermining traditional moral values among young people.

But it has also blamed adults for failing to engage with children and being too eager to criticise their behaviour rather than just intervening and helping them to navigate the challenges of modern life.

According to Bob Reitemeier, the chief executive of the society, adults need to take more responsibility for the young people around them. “We reap what we sow when it comes to teaching children values. Every adult plays a vital role, which we should nurture as much as we can.

“Unfortunately, it is easier to criticise children than to invest in them, and it is the children most in need of positive role models who are becoming disconnected from their communities and wider society.”

Sources: The Times Of India

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Screening at school entry and timely intervention may help to overcome learning lapses in children affected by parental separation.

Separation from mum or dad may pose serious learning difficulties for young children, says new research.

Children are sometimes forced to live in single-parent households due to events such as matrimonial acrimony resulting in divorce of the parents or one parent living far away due to employment reasons.

Such children experience greater emotional, behavioural and developmental problems than others, say Sandra Jee and her colleagues at the School of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Rochester, US. More importantly, these children begin formal education with certain handicaps, they write in the latest issue of the journal Ambulatory Pediatrics.

Taking a closer look at the impact of parental separation on developmental outcomes before school entry, Jee and the others studied 1,619 children entering school, 18 per cent of whom were separated from a parent for one month or longer. They found these children to have major problems associated particularly with learning and pre-literacy. Pre-literacy is defined as a child’s ability to carry on a brief conversation, react to a story session or familiarity with some of the alphabets and sounds that the letters make.

Children in countries like the US are routinely checked by healthcare providers before they enter kindergarten, and this makes it possible to screen and identify such potential learning difficulties, the scientists argue.

For their study the researchers asked the children’s parents to fill in details on the learning, expressive language and speech scales of their wards. They compared these observations with the demographic data they received from the medical practitioners attached to the schools to arrive at their conclusion.

The scientists feel that with one in every five children facing such problems, it is not an issue that can be brushed aside. Besides, with divorce rates rising and more and more parents moving to geographically different locations for various reasons, these issues should be addressed at the policy level.

The scientists feel it’s important for primary caregivers and schools to be aware of these risks, as early intervention might be suggested to families with young children starting formal education at such a disadvantage. Remedying the challenges may better equip the children to succeed. “Timely and proactive intervention may help to improve long-term educational and vocational deficits that these children may suffer,” observes Jee.

Sources: Tjhe Telegrasph (Kolkata, India)

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