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Psychologist Gives Talk on Positive Parenting at Malaysia Soka Kindergarten

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On July 29, 2007, Tadika Seri Soka, the Soka kindergarten in Cheras, Selangor State, Malaysia, invited Dr. Alvin Ng, a lecturer in the Health Psychology Unit of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, to give a talk on "Positive Parenting and Managing Behavior in Children" to an audience of over 100 parents whose children attend the kindergarten.

Malaysia's education authorities have recently become concerned that the education process is overly focused on "hard" skills such as reading, mathematics and writing, rather than "soft" or social skills. Autonomy and adaptive behavior skills should be learned in kindergarten, and Dr. Ng spoke about ways of encouraging the development of such skills and the techniques parents can use to offer emotional support and encouragement rather than focusing on bad behavior and punishment. The audience reacted well to this introduction to the concept of "Positive Parenting," which is in line with the philosophy of value-creating education offered at the Soka kindergarten.

[Adapted from an article in the September 2007 issue of Cosmic, Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM); photo courtesy of SGM]