Last night I returned from Cairo, a city still in turmoil.
TV screens across the city broadcast live feeds from Tahrir Square and other hotspots. Angry chants fill the air wherever you go including the airport lounges at Cairo International Airport. Young, old, Egyptian or foreigner – you simply cannot escape the anger in Egypt.
Though it’s easy to recognize the horrors that families in Homs in Syria are subject to it is more difficult to imagine what it’s like to be a child in a place like post-revolution Egypt.
Egypt has already had their revolution – it’s over. Or is it?
The indications are that there is still a lot of things that need to change in Egypt and it may take a long time. It may even take another form of revolutions – and if so I hope it’s purely political and non-violent.
This is not a political analysis of the situation in Egypt or the Arab world, rather a demonstration of curiosity related to families and children in particular.
Here are some of the things I am curious about in Egyptian families:
- Do you share what’s going on with your children and if you do what do you leave out?
- Do you leave the television news on for the children to see?
- Are the political discussions between adults only or are children included?
- Are your children afraid of what’s going on?
I do not know what it’s like to be a father in Egypt and I do not want to make any assumptions. I do however know that, whether a parent in Egypt or Dubai, we have a responsibility for our impact – especially on children..
Political upheaval and insecurity must be incredibly hard factors to deal with when you are trying to bring up a family.
My thoughts go our to our friends in Egypt and I look forward to your comments.
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- Parenting in Egypt (Part 1)
- Parenting in Egypt (Part 2)
- Parenting in Egypt (Part 3)
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- Parentology Returns to Cairo!