Below, the National Family Planning Board (NFPB), through executive director Dr Denise Chevannes, highlights the connection between reproductive health, motherhood, and the family in recognition of Mothers’ Day yesterday, and the International Day of Families, today.
IDEALLY, having children requires the right skills set, significant financial resources, and lots of love, patience and attention. As the NFPB–Sexual and Reproductive Health Agency (NFPB-SRHA) reflects on the significance of Child Month and as we prepare to launch activities to celebrate our 50th anniversary, we encourage proper, responsible parenting, which not only includes education, support and discipline for the children; but also proper family planning. We still stand behind our message of the 1970s and 80s that two is better than too many. Too often, children are not given a fair chance for opportunities in life or are neglected as a result of the poor decisions of their parents who may have had too many children that they could not adequately support or care for physically, emotionally or financially. Improper parenting can sometimes lead to unfortunate outcomes for children. By having smaller families, parents are better able to invest more time and resources in each child. With fewer siblings, children have the opportunity to stay in school longer and be more properly nourished than those with many siblings.Another benefit of family planning is its ability to prevent too closely spaced and ill-timed pregnancies and births, which contribute…
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