Ministerial Fellowship wants parents to help build foundation for children

Ministerial Fellowship wants parents to help build foundation for children

Posted: Thursday, March 17, 2011 9:04 pm

Local pastors have been preaching about the importance of doing right by our children.
Now they are departing from the suggestions and the promptings and are actually providing the nuts and bolts necessary to build a strong family and community foundation for raising “good kids,” “smart kids,” “successful kids.”
Obion County Ministerial Fellowship is hosting a meeting for parents with concerns about the future for their children Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the courtroom of the Union City Municipal Building.
The purpose of the event is to begin assisting families in concrete ways as they struggle to raise productive, responsible and caring children in an era that often seems to mock those very ideals through its music, entertainment and social networking venues.
Organizers say the ef-fort has grown out of the knowledge that many children, especially those from single-parent families, are unprepared to enter preschool because of the lack of discipline they receive in their homes and the lack of knowledge considered basic for children entering pre-school programs. Members of the fellowship say they stand ready to assist families by teaching proper parenting skills and stressing the fact that parents are a child’s first teacher, mentor, role model and disciplinarian.
“We are greatly concerned with the number of unwed mothers and fathers who are working and trying to educate their children at the same time,” the group said in a statement. “We are also concerned with young males who are the heads of households and have taken the role as the leader and educator of their children while they also work and provide a safe environment for their children.”
They added that many children lack such fundamentals as a knowledge of their full names, basic colors and shapes, their addresses and the names of family members — all of which represent problems for a little one entering pre-school.
Organizers say they do not plan to offer daycare but will, instead, attempt to introduce and teach parents the proper parenting skills necessary to prepare children to enter pre-school. Parents will be reminded the community stands ready to assist and that what is being offered in terms of educating, directing, nurturing and protecting children is valuable for families.
All parents who are interested are invited to attend and are reminded, with reference to their children, that “a mind is a terrible thing to waste.”

Published in The Messenger 3.17.11

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