Mediaquest, the company behind major regional events including the “Top CEO Conference and Awards” and “Arab Women Forum,” has concluded the UAE’s first “Parent & Child Wellbeing Conference” in partnership with Baby Arabia.
The event took place on April 28 at the Al Jalila Cultural Centre for Children in Dubai, where attendees discussed the core issues and concerns of parenting in the digital era with experts in the field.
Alexandre Hawari, Co-CEO of Mediaquest, commented: “In the digital era, parents are facing a new set of challenges when it comes to engaging, supporting and educating their children.”
“We are pleased to have offered them clear, reliable advice based on the latest research and in-depth experience of our experts via our ‘Parent & Child Wellbeing Conference,’” he added.
Different and goal-oriented sessions
The conference kicked off a session dedicated to “Emotional Intelligence: Are we repressing kids’ emotions unintentionally?”
This was followed by a deep dive into “Nutrition: Are we really what we eat?”
Attendees also explored “Connection in the Digital Era: Analogue versus digital, is there an argument?”
The final key session was “Are We Good Enough?”
Parenting is a full-time job
Anisa Al-Sharif, Parenting Educator and Founder of Tanshi2a, commented: “It’s great to finally see a conference on parenting and for parents!”
“Parenting is a full-time job; it’s the hardest job ever and it deserves to be treated like any other professions and careers. Parents need a platform to connect and learn about the latest research and build their skills and update their knowledge,” she added.
Bernadette Abraham, Wellness Coach and Nutritional Therapy Practitioner at B By Bernadette, said: “I truly believe that ‘knowledge is power’ and it is through events such as ‘The Parent & Child Wellbeing Conference’ that we are given opportunities to educate, to empower and to raise the public’s level of health awareness, with hopes of creating a ripple effect in the region.”
Dr. Elena Andrioti, Clinical Psychologist at Kidcare Pediatric Clinic, commented: “The PCWC 2018 brought together experts from different fields to offer parents the opportunity to connect and communicate about their parenting experiences.”
“Giving parents an opportunity to feel like they are not alone can have a tremendous effect on their confidence and well-being. I believe the PCWC will set a precedent in the region and look forward to the upcoming editions of the event,” she added.
Tips & tricks, and further helpful advice
The conference continued with a practical seminar on healthy eating habits and further workshops on tips and tricks for expecting mothers, learning through play, sleep for you and your baby, talking together: empowering your child to be the best communicator and how storytelling can help children overcome their fears and articulate their emotions.
The event also engaged children with a full day of activities including Lego painting, pottery and much more.
The event was co-organised by Baby Arabia and Makooky and supported by key sponsors including Al Jalila Cultural Centre for Children as the Strategic Partner, Pearl FM as the Strategic Media Partner, Tetra Pak as the Gold Sponsor, Omo as the Silver Sponsor.
In addition to Baby Shop and Fruitful Day as Bronze Sponsors, Lacnor, Oasis, and Blu as the Official Beverage Partners, Lively as the Official Food Partner, Playdates as the Playtime Partner, Mama’s Box as Supporting Partner, Haya as the Media Partner and Cicero & Bernay as the PR Partner.
The event is in Association with Malaak, Strategies DC and Zein Design.
“Baby Arabia, here for you and your child”