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New online tool to help manage family conflicts

Parents looking to better manage conflicts with their children can now tap on a new online resource introduced on Sunday (August 3) by the Ministry of Social and Family Development.

SINGAPORE: Parents looking to better manage conflicts with their children can now tap on a new online resource.

For many parents, the occasional quarrel with their children is part of family life. Now, a new online tool hopes to help families turn conflicts into opportunities to build stronger ties. Parents can get advice on their style of handling conflicts and how to manage them better.

The website was introduced on Sunday (August 3) by the Ministry of Social and Family Development, even as a survey it conducted recently showed that about 80 per cent of parents were satisfied with their relationship with their children. About 90 per cent of parents surveyed believed that "being a good parent" is an important life goal, while 80 per cent were satisfied with their family life.

The survey polled about 600 parents who have at least one child aged between 7 and 18. The findings were shared on Sunday at the close of the Singapore Parenting Congress (2014), which was co-organised by Families for Life and MediaCorp. Focused on connecting with kids in the digital age, the event saw more than 3,000 parents gathered over two days to pick up parenting tips from local and international experts.

"We are heartened that (a) majority of the parents that we polled are satisfied with their relationship with their children,” said Parliamentary Secretary for Social and Family Development Ms Low Yen Ling. “Despite fears of a digital divide, as parents, we can make the technology work for us and our children, in a way, by engaging our children in the online world.

“But having said that, the fundamental parenting skills are just as important, so what we need to do is to make sure that we augment these online connections with daily face-to-face interactions. Through that, we will be able to hopefully forge stronger bonds with our children and that itself will ensure that our children are well-placed to face the future."

Among the experts at the congress was motivational and youth speaker Scott Steinberg. Ms Low, who is a mother of two boys, also took part in a panel discussion to share her experiences as a parent. 

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