The National Parenting Programme takes this opportunity to extend holiday greetings to all parents, guardians and caregivers.
This season as we know is a festive one filled with lots of activities.
It is with this in mind that we would like to remind you to be vigilant throughout the festivities, since the children are at home on vacation.
Ensure that they are supervised at all times by someone who is responsible and trusted. Speak to them about your expectations and about reporting any form of violence and abuse including sexual, physical or emotional. Continue to improve the communication line with your child by creating an environment that is conducive to dialogue.
Even though it is the Christmas season, bear in mind that the legal drinking age for Grenada remains in place (18 years of age). Underage drinking is a widespread problem which often has very serious consequences. Young people who drink are more likely to be the victims and/or perpetrators of violent crime, to be involved in alcohol-related traffic accidents, and to have depression and anxiety. Young people who start using alcohol before the stipulated drinking age, are more likely to engage in risky behaviours such as:
- Attempting suicide/inflicting self harm
- Engaging in unprotected sex or having multiple sex partners
- Developing alcohol problems in later life
Parents, guardians and caregivers, please remember that this is the season of giving, so provide your children with unconditional love and support. Encourage them to share and be responsible.
May your family be blessed this season and always.