Public talk about parenting in Podgorica

The citizens of Podgorica had the opportunity to visit the Museum of Family Memories

UNICEF Montenegro
Museum of family memories
UNICEF Montenegro / Duško Miljanić / 2017
10 May 2017

PODGORICA, 10 May 2017 – Podgorica is the 14th municipality in Montenegro to have hosted a public talk about the relationship between parents and children as part of the campaign “End Violence” implemented by the Government of Montenegro and UNICEF, with the support of the EU and the Telenor Foundation.

The aim is to encourage local communities through these public talks to recognize and develop the necessary services to support positive parenting.

Muzej porodičnih sjećanja
UNICEF Crna Gora / Duško Miljanić / 2017
Građani Podgorice u posjeti Muzeju porodičnih sjećanja u maju 2017.

The results of the research conducted last year by UNICEF warn that Montenegro has a high level of tolerance for violence against children. Every second citizen of Montenegro considers physical punishment of children acceptable and does not view shouting as a form of violence. One third of the respondents do not identify slap in the face or threat as forms of violence, and every fourth respondent claims that blackmailing is not violence.

Slavoljub Stjepović, the host of the event and the Mayor of Podgorica, said that building a society with zero tolerance to violence is everyone’s responsibility if we wish to create a healthy and safe environment for children.

“The task for all of us is to continue with the efforts and turn the already established national consensus on the prevention and protection of children from violence into a national awareness, which enables every citizen of Montenegro to act in accordance with the belief that children are our most precious resource and that their welfare and safety is our common concern”, said Stijepović, urging the citizens of Podgorica to do everything to reduce the risk of responding to violence by violence.

Parenting debate in Podgorica
UNICEF Montenegro / Duško Miljanić / 2017
From left to right: UNICEF Representative to Montenegro Benjamin Perks, Podgorica Mayor Slavoljub Stijepovic, Psychologist Association Representative Tamara Milic, Parents Association Executive Director Kristina Mihailovic and renowned Montenegrin actress Dubravka Drakic announcing the parenting debate in Podgorica in May 2017

UNICEF Representative in Montenegro Benjamin Perks warned that growing up in a violent environment has negative effects not only on the family, but on the entire society as well.

Crime, violence, and virtually all the social problems we face are caused by the difficulties encountered by the children while growing up. That leaves some lasting consequences not only for the individual but also for the democratic development of the society.

Benjamin Perks, UNICEF Representative to Montenegro

lthough adverse childhood experiences tend to reoccur through generations, the poor practices of upbringing children can be stopped. According to Tamara Milić from the NGO “Association of Psychologists”, one of the useful models is to develop a programme of positive parenting.

“Why? Because the programme of positive parenting will support parents in raising their own capacity and improving their interaction and communication with the child”, said Milić.

SOS parent hotline is a service developed by the NGO “Parents” within the End Violence campaign. It has been three months since the establishment of this service providing parents with the possibility to dial 080 888 888 and seek professional advice in relation to parenting skills.

The Executive Director of this NGO Kristina Mihailović said that parents had shown an increasing interest in this type of support.

Dubravka Drakic, an actress
UNICEF Montenegro / Duško Miljanić / 2017
Famous Montenegrin actress Dubravka Drakic talks about parenting at a public debate on child-parent relationships in Podgorica in May 2017.

Famous actress Dubravka Drakić joined the End Violence campaign in Podgorica. She explained that she best resolves her parenting dilemmas through consultation with other parents.

“I think it is important to openly talk about the way in which we can create the best environment for the development of our children”, said Drakić and expressed her hope that today’s generation of parents will adopt positive parenting and decisively say “no” to violence.

After the public talk, the citizens of Podgorica had the opportunity to visit the Museum of Family Memories. This is a unique collection of childhood memories that warns of the behaviours which hurt children and points out to the educational methods which allow children to grow and develop in a safe and loving environment.