WOMEN at the Seventh-day Adventist Women's Ministry Convention 2013 were challenged to look carefully at their role of the family, and the spiritual as well as religious responsibilities in raising children.
Minister for Women Dr Jiko Luveni, in opening the convention in Suva last Friday said people, especially women, needed to work together to reduce and eliminate violence against women and children.
"Happy children breed happy families for the future," she said.
"We need your support to partner with us so that we women live a fulfilling and happy life and in turn, our families live in the same happy environment."
Dr Luveni said parents were the key to a healthy and peaceful family environment.
"Are our children getting more difficult to manage? If so, then we need divine intervention to strengthen our parenting skills."
She added parenting required a hands-on approach, saying parenting was one profession that most people were totally untrained and unprepared for.
"Parenthood goes on long after the children leave home. So make decisions when they are young that will lead to positive relationships later in life."