In the era of Khalifa .. “the family” is the safety valve

Lakbira Al-Tunisi (Abu Dhabi)

During the era of the late Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, may God rest his soul, institutions and actors in the field of family, children and senior citizens worked to nurture a balanced generation full of hope and optimism, with the qualities of generosity , giving, patience, cooperation and love, which is reflected in the stability of society and its provision of capable cards To contribute to its development, as the family and the extended family represent the core of society, and a important role in building, stability and success of individuals.
The Family Development Foundation has worked to promote the family and develop the capabilities of its members, with an emphasis on its role in social education and in the pursuit of a comprehensive vision in dealing with women’s and children’s issues and sustainable development. of the family. It aims to build a society capable of competing with science and knowledge with the continuous development of the abilities and skills of its members, and to provide a social environment that contributes to investing their energy and to direct them to the benefit of society. , based on a scientific and practical methodology consistent with the vision aimed at achieving comprehensive development and maintaining good values, in solidarity and interdependence Justice and access to a safe environment. All these visions and initiatives come within the framework of implementing the precepts of Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, President of the General Women’s Union, President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, and Vice-Chair of the Family Development Foundation “Mother of the Nation”.
Within the framework of the Family Development Foundation’s effort, since its establishment on 10 May 2006, under Act no. 11 of 2006, issued by the late Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, may God rest his soul, to promote the family and strengthen the bonds of relationships between its members, emphasizing his pioneering role in society and believing in Work to To achieve its vision of sustainable social development for a conscious family and a cohesive society, the Foundation works diligently to develop strategies and plans and to implement specialized programs, which depend on the principle of continuous development of its performance in line with the needs of society. The Foundation is concerned with the protection of the family and the permanent preservation of its cohesion, by offering workshops on the importance of the role of the extended family and family councils that open the door for conversation between families for the purpose of socialization. It contributes to the achievement of family well-being and cohesion and the promotion of national identity, as it seeks to remind the family that it is the basic incubator and the first core of a cohesive, tolerant and secure homeland. It provides ways for the children to grow into a healthy, balanced and integrated mentally, physically and emotionally, based on the fact that they are the future and the power of tomorrow.

reciprocal relationship
Munira Salem Al-Kiyumi, a psychologist in “Family Development”, said: The Foundation has worked and implemented its projects within the framework of the interest of the late Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, may God rest his soul, in the extended family , who plays an important role in teaching children values, customs and traditions, and explains that the relationship between children and grandparents is reciprocal in giving and taking, and learning by example is the best way to teach children authentic values ​​such as generosity, respect, to learn. welcome and hospitality. She added: One of the important things that parents need to pay attention to to strengthen the relationship between their children and grandparents is to continue to teach them the mother tongue and deal with it within the family and the use of foreign languages. avoid. that the grandparents do not feel a gap in the communication with their grandchildren. Parents should give grandparents their value, presence and role in the family, taking into account that they are not burdened with responsibilities beyond their means, and that their children learn respect, appreciation and assistance from their grandparents, because a balanced relationship helps to feel a sense of belonging to the family.
Nadia Al-Khalidi, a family counseling and mental health specialist, said raising children in the presence of grandparents at home is an extension of safety, stability and psychological balance, and a sense of love and participation. to the details of life. . They are a safety valve for resolving conflicts, and represent the warm embrace after which grandchildren take refuge during crises, not to mention the provision of experiences and teaching values, which ensures a good division of roles.

safe relationship
The family influences the child’s upbringing, through the nature of the prevailing relationships within it, such as the relationship of parents with each other, the relationship of brothers among themselves, the parents’ attitude towards the child, their method of caring for and raising him. , the family’s social status and educational and cultural level, in addition to the family’s relationship with the outside world, cultural and cognitive patterns and traditions and rituals that prevail within the family.

The spirit of cooperation
The concepts of the extended family received the attention and care of the late Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, may God rest his soul, because of its effective role in the solidarity and togetherness of its members, and the consolidation of values, customs and traditions . in the hearts of children from an early age and during the period of education, and advice and counsel of the oldest age, as well as the promotion of the spirit of cooperation among all, and the consolidation of the qualities of love, brotherhood and tolerance .

leading role
The Family Development Foundation was established in 2006 under a law passed by the late Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. to work to achieve its role in sustainable social development for a conscious family and a cohesive society. .

tolerant society
The years of the reign of the late Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, may God rest his soul, witnessed the implementation of many programs, initiatives and campaigns to strengthen the role of the family in society, including the social campaign ” A cohesive family. a tolerant society .. a safe homeland “launched by the” Family Development “. It included two main axes,” Supporting the emerging family “and” Our children are our responsibility. “It addressed many issues to promote family stability. support, ensure the proper education of children and spread a culture of parental responsibility to build safe relationships between parents and children.

stick to habits
According to the Family Development Foundation, the extended family plays a key role in raising children, and is seen as an essential side branch in forming a disciplined, responsible generation that respects others, carries values ​​and principles, and preserves customs and traditions. . . Children living under the care of grandparents are characterized by high morals, good education, psychological stability and a sense of emotional security. Grandparents represent protection, care, role models and authority, and their presence achieves family integration and balance through their interest in grandchildren, to accompany them, to know their ideas, tendencies and hobbies, and to solve their problems. The various programs offered by the “Family Development” reinforce the role of the extended family, and confirm that the “Great House” is an image of solidarity, solidarity and protection of children from foreign cultures so that they are more prepared for the face consequences. of life, and has the ability to communicate with others. The extended family conveys values, preserves customs, traditions and traditions and contributes to the establishment of a conscious and stable generation. This material includes a group of individuals living under one roof, or in closely related houses, which are related by kinship.

The mother, Aisha Al Shamsi, explained that in the past, the extended family was more widespread, where the parent helped the younger, and the younger the parent respected and respected, and love and good feelings prevailed among all. The grandfather plays an important role in educating children and grandchildren, the rules and norms of Emirati society, as well as helping young children memorize the Holy Quran and the teachings of the true religion. As for the grandmother, she plays together the role of father and mother, and she takes care of children and family matters, and believes in the importance of the extended family’s role in establishing a balanced generation that is capable of giving. Dr. Ali Naji, who is keen to participate in and benefit from the “family development” programs, said that the presence of the head of the family in one or near homes ensures the maintenance of a healthy psychological state for children who are continually drawn from the experience and wisdom of the elders. He explained that he was eager to bring his children and grandchildren together in the same house, which increased their interdependence, and emphasized that the support of the extended family was reflected in the stability of society, and supported by effective and capable cards. .

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