Nurturing Loving Family Bonds in Botswana
We typically don’t think of families as having a formal ethos or culture. We can envision national and community cultures, but not families… Right? Increasingly, research is showing that groups as small as the family unit do in fact have their own unique culture.
Culture is a way of working together toward common goals. If a culture has formed, people will autonomously do what they need to in order to be successful. What’s more, research has found that family culture plays a more important role in shaping a child than parenting styles, and the type of culture a family develops strongly predicts their happiness. If love, respect, patience and empathy can be taught within the family unit, they are easier lessons to transfer to society at large. At Botho, we want to promote and support Attachment Parenting, which is to raise children who will become adults with a highly developed capacity for empathy and connection. There is considerable evidence on the benefits of connectedness and bonding in preventing many problems, including depression and suicide – making for happier families and a brighter future for all.
National PET Programmes
The hope is that the P.E.T programme will be launched nationwide in Botswana to offer parents and guardians the chance to reinforce and strengthen the many family structures that exist within the country. P.E.T works in strengthening vital relationships, dealing with conflict and strengthening close family ties, by teaching the many affective methods of positive parenting. Compassion, love, respect and trust are all qualities first learnt at home and P.E.T. offers a genuine opportunity to bring these qualities into the focus of your family’s life every day.
The Virtues Project for Character Education
The Virtues Project has been honoured by the United Nations as a model program for families of all cultures. Activities develop virtues and build character. It empowers children, inspires excellence, respect, compassion, justice, co-operation, and more, and benefits people of all ages (Virtues Project 2013). To find out more check out The V Channel, a global project to give the world real superheroes!