COUNSELLING AND PROMOTION OF EFFECTIVE PARENTAL UPBRINGING AMONG SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS IN ABIA STATE, NIGERIA: THE COUNSELLING IMPLICATIONS

Gertrude Onyema Ikpekaogu (PhD), Samuel Chinwendu Obasi (PhD)

Abstract


Raising children is a challenge and a difficult mission in our today's society, but with the right tools, parents could find resources to help children become resilient today and balanced adult tomorrow. One of such tools is counselling, through which parents are helped to use parenting skills as resources for the harmonious physical, cognitive and psychosocial upbringing of their children. Counselling is seen as a compass that indicates the direction to follow to optimize the parent-child relationships. When a parent feels that he or she is losing direction in child rearing, he or she may use this counselling, which could bring him or her back into the relationships with his/her own child. This paper therefore focused on counselling and promotion of effective parental upbringing in secondary schools. The paper clarified some concepts which include parental upbringing and counselling. The paper discussed the factors affecting parents while raising their children. It also highlighted principles of effective parental upbringing and ways to promote effective parental upbringing through parental counselling. The roles of counsellors and counselling implications towards promoting effective upbringing were also discussed. The paper therefore recommended among others that counsellors should devote their time in providing effective services to the parents and school children as well.


Keywords


Counselling, Promotion, Effective Parental, Upbringing, Students.

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