Parents, Teachers Urged to Develop Character in Children

first_imgThe Deputy Controller at the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism (MICAT), Kerlie Miller, has urged parents and teachers to pledge their unflinching commitment towards building the divine qualities, including honesty, truthfulness and love, in the children of Liberia.During the graduation exercise of the Joseph G. Cooper Memorial Elementary and Junior High School in Sinkor, Mr. Miller emphasized the need to build the characters of children and students so that they will become better citizens for a better Liberia.He spoke on the theme “The Ingredients that Contribute to Early Child Development,” urging parents and teachers to focus on building their children’s divine qualities for a better Liberia.“Firstly, parents should teach the children love, honesty and truthfulness and the difference between right and wrong. When teaching these values, they must remember that change will come slowly and not to expect the children to learn these values overnight,” Mr. Miller said.He said character-training remains the work of the family, while book learning is the work of school authorities. He called on both parties to collaborate in providing training for the children.“Character training can’t wait until a child goes to school. It must begin when a child is very young so that he or she will grow up in the right way. Parents must also remember that developing good character takes a long time. It is difficult to change a person’s character after he or she has grown up,” he stressed.He said mothers are the first teachers of human beings, which he said makes them largely responsible for character development in the early childhood years.“It ought to be obvious, whenever personal circumstances or those imposed by society at large do not permit mothers to do a thorough job of early education, we should not be surprised to find the society presided over by people of reprehensible characters at all levels,” he said.The high incidence of corruption in Liberia serves as a perfect example; an act which has the propensity to wreck the society’s economy, thereby creating a generally depressing experience for most people, said Miller. As the government struggles with such problems, he said, nobody seems to be concerned about the army of children who swarm the streets of Monrovia looking for a livelihood, adding that “They gamble in the streets, pick people’s pockets, steal from cars and school themselves thoroughly in other kinds of deviant behaviors.” “As we look around our country today, it is sad to see that most of our young people lack discipline and character. While it is true that everyone carries into public life discipline that was instilled into them in the home, we must also begin to look at what is happening in the schools, because the school and home are collaborative partners when it comes to early childhood development,” he stressed.According to him, the high incidence of indiscipline among the youths in Liberia has today led to the conclusion that teachers and parents do not collaborate in developing the character of the children, stating that the lack of moral virtues is on the decline in Liberia.“I say this because a few years back, who would have thought that rape would be on the increase as it is now, especially among the young people? Or that the use of drugs and other illegal substances would be so high in the country? Even after the civil war, we are still exposed to some of the bad things that have been mentioned. We as parents and teachers have not yet mastered the art of training our children or developing their characters,” Mr. Miller noted. He added that, “Parents must be good examples for their children. If they are truthful, the children will learn to be truthful. If they are generous, the children will learn to be generous; and if they are bad, the children will learn to be bad.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Lululemons fulltime US workers can now get three to six months of

first_img Twitter Related Stories Reddit Email Lululemon’s full-time U.S. workers can now get three to six months of paid parental leave Eighty-four per cent of all workers in the U.S. don’t have access to paid family leave Share this storyLululemon’s full-time U.S. workers can now get three to six months of paid parental leave Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn Lululemon tests loyalty program offering expedited shipping and access to monthly sweat classes Facebook Bloomberg News Lululemon Athletica Inc. is beefing up benefits to attract and retain workers, offering full-time employees three to six months of paid parental leave.The gender-neutral benefit awards three months of paid leave to full-time workers who have been at the yogawear company for two years. Employees with five or more years at the firm qualify for six paid months off. At Lululemon, workers are considered full-time if they work 24 hours a week.“When you think about an investment, there’s also all of those areas where it’s really hard to quantify because of the contribution and the return,” said Susan Gelinas, senior vice president for people and culture at Vancouver-based Lululemon. “We just see this as something that’s right to do for our people.” Lululemon shares gain after boosting quarterly sales, profit forecast Lululemon tests loyalty program offering expedited shipping and access to monthly sweat classes How Lululemon helped turn America into a nation of yoga pants In the U.S., without any federal requirement for paid parental leave, it’s up to individual companies to offer a benefit, and about 35 per cent do, according to a survey from the Society for Human Resource Management. Still, 84 per cent of workers in the U.S. don’t have access to paid family leave, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.The majority of Lululemon’s full-time staffers in the U.S. have been with the company for two or more years, while one-fifth have worked there five or more years. As of January 2018, about 60 per cent of Lululemon’s 13,400 workers were based in the U.S. The company declined to say how much the new policy would cost.Employees working in Canada already receive some paid parental leave, a portion of which comes from the government’s unemployment insurance program. That compensation is partial, and Lululemon’s offer there is a “paid top-up,” Gelinas said in an interview.Bloomberg.com More February 13, 20194:11 PM EST Filed under News Retail & Marketing 0 Comments ‘The ideal match’: Lululemon names former Sears Canada executive Calvin McDonald as new CEO Comment How Lululemon helped turn America into a nation of yoga pants Jordyn Holman Lululemon has beefed up its parental benefits to attract and retain workers in the U.S.Steven Senn/AP Photo file Join the conversation →last_img read more

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