“It takes a whole village to raise a child” – African Proverb.
Many of us have heard these words of wisdom, but what specifically does it entail? Does it mean you should expect your neighbors to help babysit or entrust your child over to the city and hope they’re in good hands?
We know that a community certainly includes supportive parents, grandparents, extended family, close friends, and even family friends. Additionally, we now understand it as a support network that includes city and community services such as:
- breastfeeding support clinics.
- family doctors.
- early learning centres.
- library programs.
- accessible recreational activities.
- clean parks/playgrounds.
- reliable emergency services.
- family counselling/mental health services.
- quality public education.
- safe neighborhoods.
Programs and services available in our city help provide a supportive environment that emphasize the importance of parent/child services. Parents today are under enormous pressures and we need to ensure they get the support they need. The city, being their environment, should do all it can to aid parents. It’s services must put parents first, as their children are the future of our city.
I believe we must never lose sight of future, which is intrinsically linked to the future of our children. They deserve our love and our protection, above all else. No sacrifice is too great.