The Women of Mount Zion Methodist Church Sakumono has marked their 25th Anniversary with a symposium on the theme ‘Emerging Concerns in a Christian Home – The Challenges of the Young Adult’.
The occasion was graced by the Chief Executive Officer of Ghana’s first dedicated Centre for emotional intelligence, James Kwesi Addison.
James acknowledged that the church has traditionally been central to community life and development of the adult youth through knowledge acquisition, events, learning and group activities.
However, in the light of rapid social change, technological advances with social networking and reducing levels of youth engagement with parents, youth are drifting away from Christian values.
James hinted there is a rise in members related anxiety, self-harm, self-medication and crime, with research indicating that it stems from the lack of preparedness for life and the distressing emotions encountered by youth but this is not beyond our control as Christians he added.
The concerns of the youth highlighted during the symposium includes but not limited to managing divergent views with parents, time management, caring for the aged, splitting salaries and contribution to the upkeep of the family and health.
Some concerns of the parents were the limited time for bonding, limited job opportunities for adult youth, and negative impacts of social media on the adult youth, effects of negative contemporary music, difficulty in maintaining post-secondary and campus life of the adult youth among others.
James Kwesi Addison outlined a number of ways to deal with these challenges and assured that these challenges are not beyond remedy.
In his closing remarks the EQ Coach urged both parents and youth to be circumspect in their relationships in dealing with divergent views.
This, he said , could be done through validating each other’s emotional needs by empathising and demonstrating understanding of each other’s unique emotional needs at any point in time and communicate effectively of such understanding to each other.
He further urged parents to be intentional in whatever outcome they wish to see and avoid the situation where parents leave critical issues to chance and lamented that no purposeful and meaningful impact could be achieved when we remain unintentional.
He further advised parents to do the little things that nurture bonding and be intentional with inculcating in the youth at the early stages with Godly values and makes sure that the youth adhere to these values by modelling these values themselves.
In relations to limited job opportunities for the youth, the master trainer advised parents to encourage and help youth to be imaginative, innovative and creative so as to create opportunities with their acquired knowledge instead of looking for opportunities that are virtually non-existence.
He finally urged the educational ministry to include the 21st Century basics like critical thinking, collaboration, problem solving and social emotional skills like empathy, optimism, and emotional resilience into our curriculum to ensure a whole being education.
In his concluding remarks Reverend Dr Solomon Nortey advised parents to engage the youth on dealing with divergent views by seeking and appreciating their concerns, for the adult youth will listen to meaningful voice and not necessarily the loudest voice.
James finally reiterated that it is now time for Christians within their homes, to train and competently undertake emotional development roles with their members and tangibly build what are known as social emotional skills and this must be international because there is no application yet to help build these needful social and emotional skills.
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