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Parenting Courses In Every Community

Hon Roger McClay Commissioner for Children 7 November 2000

Parenting Courses In Every Community Advocates The Commissioner For Children

"Going by instinct and intuition isn't necessarily sufficient for good parenting," says Roger McClay, Commissioner for Children. Mr. McClay was addressing the "Beyond Violence Conference in New Plymouth today.

He said that in New Zealand "We need to do much more to educate every mother and father and future mother and father about the magnificent first three years of brain development of our children".

He said that "Love, safety, warmth and commitment can easily be learned by children instead of the all too frequent hatred, animosity and anger some children learn from their parents".

Mr McClay outlined a number of new initiatives that he said would enhance the lot of New Zealand children.

Full speech notes are available from the Office of the Commissioner for Children. Telephone: 04-471-1410.

Office of the Commissioner for Children PO Box 5610 Thorndon WELLINGTON

phone: 4711 410 phone fax: 4711 418 fax

email: children@occ.org.nz email


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