Children who grow in a secure, loving and nurturing home environment are better able to withstand life’s challenges and achieve their full potential. Positive and supportive parenting is essential for the physical and mental development and well-being of children from early years, throughout childhood and adolescence and into adulthood. Positive parenting helps to develop strong self-control and builds the resilience to cope with setbacks and has long-term benefits for children. In contrast, poor parenting practices are associated with adolescent emotional and behavioural problems.
Moldovan parents are increasingly aware of the need to play with, talk to and read to their children, but parenting skills are still falling far short of a child’s necessary threshold.
Only two per cent of mothers and caregivers recognize the two danger signs of pneumonia. And less than 20 per cent of all parents believe children with disabilities should attend regular preschools together with other children.
There is still little progress in the number of families applying positive care practices. Many parents consider beating acceptable. More than half of children between 2 and 4 years old are reported to have been physically punished.