Bhubaneswar, June 6 (Local Wire): A study conducted by UNICEF on early childhood development in Odisha and four other states hinted at the greater role of grandparents in better parenting.
The study claimed that grandparents play a key role in storytelling, waking up kids, their bathing, feeding, putting them to sleep, taking them outdoors, keeping a watch on them during their engagement with other kids and in other activities.
The study claimed that grandmothers are much more aware than grandfathers about services such as immunisation, provision of institutional delivery, provision of free education, uniform and scholarships in government schools.
The study hinted that fathers take lesser participation in caregiving to the kids compared to mothers and grandparents.
The study also highlighted the deeper implications of violence on kids.
UNICEF has now recommended that the government should consider investing in the capacity of frontline workers to better engage with caregivers, improve their caregiving skills in anganwadi centres and to instill values for building a violence free environment for the child.
It has also asked for strengthening the role of fathers in caregiving, actively engaging grandparents in responsive care, de-normalising violence and enhancing dialogue around positive parenting.