Addressing Child’s Needs: 1) Developing Routines for Children, 2) Father’s Engagement in Upbringing of Children
In the second part of the webinar, the panelists touched upon the role of siblings in bringing up a child in an inclusive environment. The panelist said that normally siblings of a child with special needs are supportive towards their differently-abled sibling but at times, the normal siblings can feel lonely and can become aggressive if they do not get the same attention as of their differently-abled sibling. To address this issue, the speaker suggested to give equal attention to each child, treat them equally and talk to them about their worries and emotions.
In the second webinar session, the panel shed light on two important aspects that contribute directly to a child’s development in early years. 1) the importance of establishing routines and systems for children in early years and 2) father’s role in early years of a child. The panellists talked about why it is important to have routines for children on early-on and how important it is for extended family members to respond to them. Moreover, establishing routines also helps parents, especially the mother as primary care giver to take care of herself in the process. The panel member also talked about how when their young child is ready for pre-school, what preparations can one do as a parent for the child’s transition to a pre-school. Equally important if the child is part of a multi-generation home, how a child’s routine needs can be set-up to support the child’s well-being and holistic development. In the second part of this webinar, the panel member talked about why is it important for a father to play an active role in a child’s care and development and how it impacts a child’s adolescent and adult life. The panel member also talked about the role of a father in the context of a husband supporting his wife in childcare to ensure that while a child develops healthy, the mother is also healthy in the process. In addition, both the panel member’s being service providers, shared their experience receiving children where parents to not come with adequate preparation and how it become difficult for the care providers at the pre-school and how it impacts a child.