We were given the opportunity to be part of the Caribbean Pastoral Institute 2019. One of the modules presented was on family life. In this module, the participants were exposed to the topic ‘Children are Gift’, one of the parenting programmes offered by the Archdiocesan Family Life Commission (AFLC). It was truly an enlightening experience!
To begin with we understood why children are referred to as gifts: “Every child is a gift from God, created in His own image and likeness and a person in his/her own right worthy of reverence from the moment of conception. A child is a treasure full of potential,” said presenter Tricia Syms.
At the beginning of the module we were divided into groups and given a creative exercise. Through this activity we were able to use skills such as listening, communicating, collaborating, bonding, and patience. We had to extend ourselves in different ways, encourage and give guidance to one another. This exercise exposed us to the challenges involved in parenting and in this way, we also saw the importance of using wisdom to achieve effective parenting.