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Parents should strengthen their roles at home to help their children be more responsible for their lives and solve problems associated with young people

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 05/05/2017


Parents should deliver their roles effectively at home to discipline their children and guide them to become responsible citizens as precious resources of the country.


The rising social problems involving young people such as youth brawls and other disturbances in the society, as well as committing various offences should be looked at closely between parents and their children.


This is according to the District officer of Kolofo’ou – ‘Alotaisi Takau, during a family dinner hosted by the Women Affairs division of the Ministry of Internal Affairs as Tonga prepares to celebrate National Family Day on the 15th of this month.


‘Alotaisi says, currently, there are many crimes committed by young people, such as arresting them with marijuana, breaking the rules, consuming alcohol, and other community disturbances.


He says, these problems can only be solved by referring back to the family for parents are the first teachers of the first training institution for their children so they look closer at ht issues at stake and strike an understanding of their intentions are.


‘Alotaisi also says, this issue needs to be taken into consideration especially during this month of May in which many churches commemorate the importance of the family and it commences with children this Sunday.


Also attending the program was Viliami Josh Hamala of Fasi moe Afi ‘a Tungi who spoke of the bible teachings on the responsibilities of children and what they should abide by.


Viliami says, according to Psalm 127:3 – “Sons are a heritage from the Lord, children a reward from him”, he adds it is    vital for children to understand this and to reflect in their actions that the lord is their heritage.


Viliami Hamala also urges children in Tonga to live according to the teachings of the bible and obey their parent’s biddings.


He reminded them of Ephesians 6 – “Children obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Honor your father and mother which is the first commandment with a promise, that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.


The theme for the International day of Families on the 15th of this month is “Family is the basic foundation or corner stone of a society.


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