The Children’s Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (CATT) last Wednesday held a media briefing to underscore for parents, guardians and caregivers to treat children as “number one”.
“You must begin to develop a safety home. It means you must speak safety; you need to live safety and you need to practise safety. This is the only way our children learn, through mirroring, through explanation” said Hanif Benjamin, Chairman of the Board of Management at the Authority’s head office Wrightson Road.
It was not sufficient for parents to shout “Don’t do that” or “Leave that alone” but explain to the child what should and should not be done and why. Parents should not allow children to venture into unsafe situations thinking “who can’t hear, will feel”.