Happy Mother's Day!

Support, care and love are important ‘ingredients’ for building strong relationships with children

UNICEF Croatia
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06 May 2022

Mother’s Day, is celebrated in honour of mothers and motherhood in the most parts of the world every year on the second Sunday in May. It all started with the ancient Greeks and Romans but this day we know and celebrate  was established in the 20th century in the United States as a day during which mothers could share experiences about motherhood. This need still exists as shown by the parenting support workshops Growing Up Together Count Us In Plus!, carried out by UNICEF in cooperation with implementing partners within the pilot program "EU Child Guarantee", funded by the European Union.

The workshops helped Draženka Oršoš, mother of six become aware of the importance of mother's role within the family. 

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"My task as a parent is to ensure that my children go to school, I have to take care of them, support them, give them advice, everything, love them, take care of them and love them. When you give birth to a child and become a mother, you need to raise the child and be their caring mother", shared Draženka.

Mother of three, Jelena Bogdan also strives to be a good mother every day, and she strengthened her parenting skills during the workshops Growing Up Together Count Us In Plus. Growing up alone, she did not receive the support of her natural parents, but grew up in a caring foster family. Her foster parents provided her with the necessary support, care and love. It was from them, Jelena told us, that she learned what it means to be a caring parent and she wants to pass on and provide this attention and care to her children, together with her husband. 

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"In every moment we want to give our children everything they need, children come first. Our days are sometimes harder, sometimes easier, but we are always happy and harmonious, we agree on everything and plan together ", explains mother Jelena about the daily routine of her family of five.

 

Martina Vrbanec, Lucija's mother, faced many challenges. Lucija is a child with hearing difficulties and in her early years one of the challenges Martina faced was insufficient or inadequate expert support needed for communication with her child, but thanks to the support of experts in Medjimurje County, today the situation is much better. Martina eventually learned sign language with her daughter Lucija and started working as an interpreter and translator to help other children.

 

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"That was the most stressful for me, the fact that as a mother I didn't know how to approach my child, how to communicate with her.  It took us some time to accept that we had a child with disabilities, to learn to deal with it, and to adapt to those challenges", recalls Martina's mother.

Moms are great sources of support in the life of every child and they deserve their special day! We wish all mothers, everywhere, a Happy Mother's Day! 

 

With the main aim of reducing child poverty and social exclusion for all children across the European Union, the European Commission, in partnership with UNICEF, is implementing a pilot-program "Phase III: Testing the Child Guarantee" in Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Germany, Italy, Lithuania and Spain.

Croatia was given the opportunity to pilot programme Testing of the EU Child Guarantee, in cooperation with the European Commission and UNICEF, to work on solving child poverty and social exclusion. To develop new service models and best practices for children and their families, UNICEF will use its experience, partnerships and capacities by modeling integrated multidisciplinary, adequately funded family and community services in Medjimurje County, a region with limited access to child protection and family support services. UNICEF's approach includes three components: access to integrated child protection and family support services, access to early childhood education and access to integrated and coordinated early childhood intervention services.

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