Vidya Social Empowerment Center (VSEC), a unit of Vidya International Charitable Trust (VICT), organised an online motivational talk exclusively for parents of school-going students on June 5, 2021. Dr Rema Raghunandan, Psychologist, SVMM Hospital, Kalpetta, was the resource person for the talk. Dr Rema Raghunandan is a member of the Kerala State Social Welfare Board, Vice-President of the Hemophilia Society, Director, Kannan Memorial Charitable Trust, Director of Universal Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling, President of Bhodi Foundation at Guruvayoor and Psychologist at Vivekananda Medical Mission Hospital at Kalpatta.

As many as 95 parents participated in the online program conducted via the ZOOM platform.

The programme started at 4.00 PM with an invocation to the almighty. Ms Roshni Vijay welcomed everyone to the talk. Mr P N Unnirajan, AFD and Director, VSEC, graced the occasion with his message. Principal Dr Saji C B provided a lot of insights into the term “parenting”. He stressed the point that parenting necessarily doesn’t mean the relationship from parent to child. The institution is also parenting all its students in all ways.

Dr Rema Raghunandan started her talk with the definition of “Effective Parenting”. It basically means how to raise one’s children into remarkable and socially acceptable adults. It deals with the overall development of children—that is, their physical, mental, emotional, social, and cognitive development. She presented the various parenting styles, such as authoritative, permissive, authoritarian, and uninvolved. She stressed the aptest one — authoritative parenting. In this type of parenting, children will be able to build up self-confidence, decision-making skills, social commitment, independence, responsibility and coping mechanism.

Dr Rema also addressed the most common and prevailing “adolescent issues”, which are usually in the age group of 12-27. Kids usually face identity crises during these times and are at a high risk of emotional instability, which hinders their personality development.

The programme ended with a formal vote of thanks by Ms Chithra M.

Watch the event recording on Youtube