During these years the child develops more than 50% of their intelligence, defines their outlook on life and other people, and shapes a lot of their future personality
During the ages of zero to five a child who benefits from a nurturing family environment lays the foundation for enhanced social and personality skills in later life. This was message delivered during the ‘Our Children are the future’ parent workshops conducted in Sharjah by Future International Nursery.
“It is very important that parents learn the true values of connecting and interaction with their children, not just to further their academic growth but their social and personality growth also,” said Hala Adel, Manager of the Future International Nursery based in Sharjah. “The special bond between parents and children is of the utmost importance, and it’s something that we want to exhibit across the United Arab Emirates.”
Said (Umm Muhammad), One of the parents attending the workshop, “What distinguishes the workshop is that it took place in the nursery where it is very important in my opinion for the child to see his mother always in the nursery and to feel the close relationship between his parents and the nursery. The healthy buffet that included a variety of healthy dishes prepared by the children themselves has been more than impressive. The lecture was very useful and helpful and contained a lot of information that is important for each mother. Through the workshop, I learned a lot about the need and the importance of bonding with my child in the early years.”
Many of the children experience culture shock, as do their parents, and they need to be helped and advised during this transition phase.
During those precious early years, a child can learn a lot, for instance memorize the Qur’an and acquire skills in several languages in a way that is much harder for an adult to achieve. The focus of the workshop was on the responsibilities that parents and members of the community share towards meeting the child’s emotional needs in the best possible way.
Said Safa BuKhatir, Director of the Future International Nursery based in Sharjah, said, “It is comforting to see just how seriously some parents take the nurturing of multiculturalism in their children. Many read articles and books on the subject, join support groups, as well as visit websites that offer posts on the topic. They are present when the going gets difficult and frustration occurs due to such things as a communication problem, an unkind remark by an adult or a child, a bad grade in the weaker language, and so on. In addition, being a parent in the nursery myself attending the workshop helped in updating my knowledge since many concepts have changed from the time of my first born till now.”
With this kind of support, there is every chance that bilingual children will retain their bilingualism and become adults who truly integrate with society in the UAE.
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