By Odumodu Gbulagu
Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it. ~ proverbs 22:6
The above biblical passage simply highlights the importance of good parental upbringing of the child.
During the first few years of life, children learn a lot about themselves and the world around them, and parents are their first teachers.
The ages of 1-8 years is the period that a child goes through the most rapid phase of growth and development. Their brains develop faster than at any other point in their lives, so these years are critical in moulding them.
The foundations for their social skills, self-esteem, perception of the world and moral outlook are established during these years, as well as the development of cognitive skills.