Local author publishes children’s book

Seven values taught

25 February 2019 | Local News

Leandrea Louw - Paulina Moses, local author and founder of PNM&Authors, published her third book, Nameni’s Seven Days of Values.

The mother of one and multimedia journalist published her first book, Journey to Emancipation, in 2017 and a second, titled Die Nuwe Skoolhoof, in 2018.

“My daughter, Naneni, inspired the writing of my latest book. I have been teaching her these seven values and I decided to share them with other parents. She is a wonderful three-year-old child who is observant and disciplined. However, I never forget that she is still just a baby and of course not perfect.”

The booklet targets children from the age of 2 to 9, although reviews have indicated that children of all ages can relate and actually learn from the content.

Moses says that values are important for a child’s development.

“We should want our children not only to become successful but also to be good people in society. That is why it is important to not only teach our children to read and count but simultaneously instill values. A strong moral foundation is essential not only to your child but to the well-being of society as a whole. It is essential to have morals that a child can use to navigate through life. A child with good values will contribute positively to his or her community. It is essential to instill values in children to help them grow into better human beings.”

The book focuses on seven values namely propriety, reciprocity, balance, justice, order, harmony and truth.

“As parents we do not always take advantage of the teachable moments we have with our children. We have a responsibility to practice these values should we expect our children to do the same. This book gives the responsibility back to the parents. It is not the teachers’ job to teach our children values, but each child should be able to come from home with a good head on her/his shoulders, thus making the school environment more conducive for learning.”

She furthermore said that most parents tend to focus more on raising an academic child without putting equal emphasis on morals and values.

“We have many educated and rich people, yet the numbers of genuinely well grounded people are less. We constantly complain about corruption, yet do not realise that we do not enforce values into our children that will help them build good character when they become adults. Of course there is no guarantee as to how our children will turn out, but we should have comfort in knowing that we have laid the best foundation for them, and should they lose their way, they can think back to the values and find their way back.”

The book is available at the Radical Bookstore in Windhoek for N$30. Orders can also be done via Facebook or Instagram at PNM&Authors.

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