Learning To Be Parents
Hon Roger McClay
Commissioner for Children
Commissioner for Children, Roger McClay, today challenged Parent Centres New Zealand Inc to join forces with Senior New Zealand Citizens to put parenting courses in place in every community.
"If we could have every prospective parent attend some sessions of knowledge enhancement about parenting, it would do much to enhance our very society", he told the Taupo Parents Centre meeting tonight.
Mr McClay said that "the challenges now in the Year 2001 would seem to be to do with the dismantling of old values of family, less certain economic times, jobs, the media and the pace of life".
He said that research showed that effective parenting has a "massive influence on our children" and that "the cycles of dysfunction, abuse and neglect can best be broken by Mums and Dads".