FAMSA-WHEN THE FAMILY IS IN ITS POSITION, THERE IS DIRECTION IN THE COMMUNITY” By MRS. N.F.N MASUKU ( FAMSA National Executive Director)
People tend to shy away from tackling some of our deepest social problems-and the massive economic cost they bring- unless they understand the importance of family and values and its impact to shaping society!
So: Where should we all focus our attention?
We should focus on doing what is meaningful for the family as a whole- and in particular, the vital relationships within a family: the ones between parent and child and parent and parent.
It is evident in society that the strength and stability of adult relationships are vital to the well-being of the children. If the relationship is strong, then the adults are more likely to support each other through whatever challenges they face including approaching parenting with confidence.
Another big worry for parents is time.
- Families today just do not seem to spend time with each other. The mother and the father both have jobs and tend to not be home for the children after school therefore causing more independence among each member of the family.
- Children that have more independence make mistakes/ decision on their own without being warned or guided about them. Children who have no guidance, get out of hand because there is not a strong type figure around most of the time to help distinguish between right and wrong.
- Eating dinner as a family is a major tradition that has been forgotten as the years have gone by and caused more separation among the family. A family 50 years ago did not eat dinner together would be a strange one but today it seems to be a norm.
So it would be good to look at polices to involve things like reasonable parental leave, flexible parental leave, to enable both mothers and fathers to share childcare responsibilities especially during the important first years.
We should recognize and value the commitment that people make to one another. And by the way, that’s whether its between a man and a women, a man and a man or a women and another women;…support that family structure because “Every Family Matters”.
FAMSA Western Cape celebrated International Day of the families at Phuthanag different communities attended the event and different stakeholders took park on the day and shared they speeches about the importance of family in the society.
” Be the Family wants to see”