Treat both genders equally, NGO urges parents

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A Non-Governmental Organisation, A Mother’s Love Initiative, has urged parents to train boys and girls equally in order to stem the tide of moral decadence in the society.

The Executive Director of AMLI, Mrs Hanatu Enwemadu, disclosed this, according to a statement on Monday, at an event held to commemorate the 2022 Fathers’ Day.

Enwemadu noted that the society has focused more on the girl child and neglected the boy child and this has contributed largely to the increase in social vices in the country.

She said, “Nigerians should train both genders equally to change the narrative as no gender is better than the other. The boy child has been neglected; parents need to step up their game.

“I encourage parents to please create time for our children, raise the boy child the same way you are raising the girl because our children are the future.”

A veteran actor, Mr Nobert Young, charged parents to prepare the boy child early in life for fatherly role.

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“Let the boy child do chores, he should not be left to play football all the time. Though, I am not against football, let the boy child grow up thinking about the house, cook, wash clothes, wash plates, let them learn the economics and management of the home, that is what I meant by domesticating the boy child,” he said.

An educationist, Mr Adesina Okunnusi, highlighted the dangers inherent in the hurried child syndrome which included unbalanced emotional intelligence and mental health challenges, and advised parents to allow children to grow through developmental stages to ensure their emotional stability in the future.

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