Children’s Day: Celebrate your children daily, Nonye Soludo advises parents

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As the world celebrated International Children’s Day today 27th May 2024, the Wife of Anambra State Governor, Mrs Nonye Soludo has charged parents to make it a daily routine to celebrate their children taking into cognizance that they deserve to be celebrated.

According to her, celebrating them should not be a yearly affair but daily, as it will go a long way in giving them a sense of belonging and reduce their attraction to vices capable of destroying their lives and truncating their future.

Mrs Soludo was speaking during a visit to the Model Community Children’s Home, Awka as part of her activities to mark 2024 Children’s Day, wherein she spent time with the children, cooking and feeding them.

She recalled with nostalgia the motherly love and care of her mother while growing up, attributing her well-cultured character to such motherly disposition.

“Am here to celebrate the children’s day with the children, cook for them and feed them. They need as motherly love and warmth as they can get.

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“I visit them regularly and call on their caregivers to find out how they’re fairing when am away. You can see how familiar they are with me, with many desiring to sit on my laps.

“We celebrate children everyday. For me as a mother, I celebrate my children every day. I was here four days ago. But today, we’re reminded and encouraged to leave everything and celebrate the children because they deserve to be celebrated. 

“While growing up, my mum played a wonderful role in my life. Because of the way she celebrated me, there were things I wouldn’t do as a student in boarding house because I know she’ll be disappointed to hear of any misbehavior from me. 

“That’s why parents must be positive with their children. They can’t deviate, even under peer pressure influence. They need more assurance and blessings than curses because whatever you tell them will always come to pass.”

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The governor’s wife advised the children to be focused and listen to their parents for proper guidance and direction in life.

“For the children, times are very hard, especially with the era of social media influence. I urge them to remain focused and listen to their parents because they’re the people that will guide them and tell them the truth. 

“Whatever you see out there in the social media can be deceptive and misleading. But that of the parents will lead you to the right path and the sky will be your limit,” she added.

Earlier, the Coordinator of the home, Rev Sister Philomena Akuchukwu appreciated the governor’s wife for the visit, describing her motherly care and attention to the children as top-notch. 

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“Since you came into office, you have not set eyes off our home. You visit us practically every month with food and drinks. You made our home your second home and know each and everyone of us very well. 

“You cook for us by yourself, feed us and again pay our school fees. Every child that comes here goes home a different person. May God bless, protect, reward and keep you safe for us,” she posited.

Our correspondent reports that games, match past, dancing competition and guard of honour for the First Lady formed the highlight of the event while the theme for this year’s celebration is “Protecting the Nigerian Child from the Dangers of Online Technology”.

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