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Parenting Skills Should Not Be Limited To Married Couples | 21/11/2010
Untitled document KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 21 2010 -- Parenting skills should not be limited to married couples or those who wish to get married, said the prime minister's wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor.

She said the skills should instead be extended to those who were given the responsibility to nurture children and help them develop like childcare centre operators, nannies, social workers and single parents.

"There is an increasing trend even in Malaysia where children have been adopted and raised by successful career women or men who chose to stay single.

"In various instances, an adopted child brought up by a single parent who is well off, tends to be lavishly showered with materials and attention which eventually turned the child into a spoilt brat.

"Therefore, it is even more critical for this category of parents to seek the necessary knowledge and skills so that they can practise this positively to meet the challenges of 21st century parenting," she said at the Positive Parenting Programme's 10th anniversary celebration, here, Sunday. Rosmah also launched a guidebook on parenthood, "Welcoming Baby", at the event.

Positive Parenting Programme, initiated by the Malaysian Paediatric Association, provides practical information, advice and tips on maternal and family wellness, child health and paediatrics, child nutrition and child development.

Rosmah who is also the patron of Permata Negara, said parenting had become more challenging than ever before due to changing attitudes in today's society marked by the intensity of globalisation.

"Some of the challenges are single parenting, siblings' rivalry, negative influence from the media, children with special needs and disabilities, and financial limitation."

She said parenting styles provided a robust indicator of parenting functioning that predicted child wellbeing across a wide spectrum of environments and diverse communities of children.

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