Dialogue Organized by the Doha International Family Institute (DIFI). Topic: As They Raised Me From Childhood: Specialized Programs to Better Parenting

Time: Apr 22, 2024
Location: Al-Awsaj Academy, Auditorium in Education City

Speaker: Dr. Hanan Al-Qattan, Founder and Director of the “Ettzan” Center for Psychological and Educational Consultation and Training in Kuwait.
Session Director: Dr. Sharifa Naaman Al-Amadi, Executive Director of the Doha International Family Institute (DIFI).

Date and Time:
Date: April 22, 2024
Time: 6:30 PM, after Maghrib prayer
Location: Al-Awsaj Academy, Auditorium in Education City
Language: Arabic – Translation Available


The Objective: In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the International Year of the Family (IYF+30) and Family Day in Qatar, the Doha International Family Institute (DIFI) is organizing a dialogue on “As They Raised Me From Childhood: Specialized Programs to Better Parenting”, to shed light on issues related to supporting and empowering families.

Discussion Topics: Parenting programs are considered a vital foundation for building a better future for our children and ensuring their healthy development. The dialogue will address the importance of parental engagement with their children by providing a supportive and nurturing environment, focusing on several aspects:


1.The importance of parents as guides and role models: How can parents be effective guides for their children by providing positive examples and ideal values?
2.Highlighting the role of parents in shaping personality and ethical values.
3.Enhancing communication and interaction: Emphasizing the effectiveness of good communication and active listening in understanding children’s needs and encouraging their interaction to build healthy relationships between parents and their children.
4.Developing life skills: How can parenting programs contribute to the development of children’s essential life skills, such as critical thinking, problem-solving, and building self-confidence?
5.Challenges of parenting in the digital era: Discuss the challenges parents face in raising their children in the rapidly advancing technological era and how parenting programs can guide children in using technology responsibly.
6.Encouraging understanding and appreciation of diversity: The importance of promoting understanding and respect for cultural and social diversity, and how parents can contribute to raising tolerant and open-minded children.
7.Stimulating curiosity and continuous learning: How can parenting programs stimulate children’s curiosity and desire for continuous learning, contributing to the development of their mental skills and abilities?
Starting Points for Dialogue:
1.Children’s personalities? And how can parenting programs influence this role?
2.How can effective communication between parents and children be enhanced? What strategies can be adopted to improve the quality of this communication?
3.What are the challenges parents face in raising their children in the digital age? And how can parenting programs help them deal with these challenges?
4.What are the challenges parents face in raising their children in the digital age? And how can parenting programs help them deal with these challenges?
5.Are there valuable parenting tips that can be shared among parents?
6.How can curiosity and love for learning be stimulated in children? And what is the role of parents in encouraging this behavior?
7.How can parenting programs promote children’s understanding of cultural diversity and respect for differences?
8.What are the best ways to promote self-confidence building in children? And how can parents contribute to this aspect?
9.Are there any personal experiences you would like to share regarding successes or challenges in raising your children?
10.What steps can be taken to improve parenting programs in the community or schools?
This dialogue aims to achieve several key objectives:
1.Parental Awareness: The dialogue aims to raise awareness among parents about the importance of their role in raising their children and how their influence deeply impacts their personal growth and development.
2. Exchange of Experiences: Parents and caregivers in the dialogue session can exchange experiences and personal anecdotes in the field of parenting, allowing them to benefit from each other’s experiences and enhance their skills in dealing with the challenges of child-rearing.
3.Building a Supportive Community: The dialogue seeks to build a supportive community where parents can feel understood and receive mutual support. Through this session, parents can exchange advice and provide emotional support to one another.
4.Identifying Challenges and Opportunities: The dialogue helps in identifying the challenges facing parents in parenting and the opportunities available for developing parenting programs.
5. Encouraging Interaction Among Families: The dialogue aims to encourage interaction and communication among families, which can contribute to building a more interconnected and supportive community.
6.Promoting Commitment: The session can play a role in motivating parents to commit to implementing the discussed concepts of parenting in their daily lives.
7.Improving Inter generational Communication: The dialogue can encourage improvement in communication between generations, where parents can understand the challenges and aspirations of their children, and vice versa.

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