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Our idea is a campaign to increase fathers involvement in child care that tackles the problem of high burden on women on child care in Uganda due to cultural perception that it is a women's role . This increases stress in women and constraints thei

Our idea is a campaign to increase fathers involvement in child care that tackles the problem of high burden on women on child care in Uganda due to cultural perception that it is a women's role . This increases stress in women and constraints thei

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Many traditional positive child rearing practices are eroding as poor and struggling parents focus on day-to-day survival.  Although children are traditionally valued in Uganda and parents are aware of and value positive parenting, early childhood st

Many traditional positive child rearing practices are eroding as poor and struggling parents focus on day-to-day survival. Although children are traditionally valued in Uganda and parents are aware of and value positive parenting, early childhood st

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Rosemary commented on Are fathers important in raising a successful child?

Dear Natasha,

Thanks for the great idea. In our parenting program one of the things that helped to address maternal health was to promote love and respect in families. The constraints mothers go through in parenting pose a lot of health challenges. When mothers are happy and get support from fathers, they give their very best and transfer this happiness to their children which impacts on child growth and development especially for under five. The parenting manual we use have very interesting topics on love and respect for self, spouse and child. We received lots of feedback from mothers from what they tried to do at home to improve relationship at home and it worked. Currently i am using positive deviant approach to address chronic malnutrition for children under five and one of the strategies is conducting PD hearth sessions where mothers and fathers get nutrition education and counseling services and also use this opportunities to learn how to feed their children well, and prevent sicknesses such as hand washing and growth monitoring and health checks.

I hope this will be helpful to you.

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Rosemary commented on Are fathers important in raising a successful child?

Hi Chioma,

Thanks for your observation and appreciation of the idea. When we have been working with fathers, some of the issues that came up was that fathers are busy looking for money to support family needs that is why they could not come for parenting sessions, Also women reported that men give them hard time with little money they make to help their children. Out of the money she makes she has to give some percentage for the man for them to have peace. When we asked for suggestions from men on how to bring more men on board to participate in parenting sessions and child care, one of the suggestions was to support activities that attract men(economic) and use those opportunities to share and build their knowledge and skills in child care and challenge men's masculinity to increase father's involvement in child care and reduce domestic violence. Also what was observed was that they way men are brought up in Africa, they are not very involved in child care the way women are so they grow up with limited skills and knowledge in child care the reason they feel it is women business and hence have the believe they can not do it. In nut shell: economic intervention is part of mobilising men to learn and appreciate their roles in child care to lesson the burden on women and also increase their access to economic opportunities to support child needs.

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Rosemary commented on Are fathers important in raising a successful child?

Thanks Viner for your guidance, i will consider your feedback to improve on the idea.