Know your child is via GCN Zimbabwe Communications and Public Relations Officer

Via Kumbirayi Kahiya  Chikowero:Communications and Public Relations Officer Girl Child Network Zimbabwe

Kumbirayi always brings us inspirational lessons from Girl Child Network Zimbabwe

Know your child

Know your child’s friends

Know your child’s responses/responsiveness when:

She/he is happy

Sad

Uncomfortable

At peace

Angry

Is hiding something from you.

All this will help you understand your child better and how to relate to her/him in case you suspect abuse, or notice an undesirable change.

For instance you notice your child has a new shirt which you did not buy or was told of. You can only notice this if you know your child’s clothes. Question your child about it. Incase she/he has been lured into not disclosing abuse.

Know her/his clothes

Preferences

Likes and dislikes

Friends and foes

Hang out spots

Hopes and aspirations, dreams and wishes

Monitor your child’s moods, voice and gestures in all conditions and emotions.

Study your child’s interaction with her peers, family: males and females. This will give you an age when you suspect abuse. Bearing in mind, anyone is a potential abuser. Even the most trusted friend.  Considering this potential, it is advisable for all parents, guardians to know who their child is with, where the child is, what the child will be doing and the conditions of the association.

Be firm in getting to know and guide your child. How you talk to and relate to your child will determine how she/he will open up or with hold issues from you.

Knowing your child will go a long way in preventing or identifying abuse, or changes in your child. You may not be a parent, but bear in mind everyone has a mandate to protect a child, thus prevention, reporting and identifying abuse.

By Kumbirai Kahiya Chikowero

GCN Zimbabwe

2 thoughts on “Know your child is via GCN Zimbabwe Communications and Public Relations Officer”

  1. wat do you do to parents who force girls into marriage at the age of 14. one of the parents is a teacher. zvinoitwa sei? in our area we are shocked becoz it has hapened recently

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