FILE PHOTO: Mother and children.

The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) Children Pastor, Rekia Eletu, has advised mothers to pay more attention to their children’s areas of strength and interests.

Eletu, also the Provincial Coordinator in charge of Children Church, made the plea on Saturday.

She spoke on the sidelines of a Musical Concert of the Lagos Province (LP) 15 of RCCG, Okota, Lagos.

The pastor also urged mothers to explore every stage of their children’s lives as parents, who get first-hand information on things that make their children happy.

“As a parent, you need to guard against pushing your child in the direction you want, because children need encouragement and direction.

“We need to remember that our children’s talents are comprehensive; some are academically-inclined, while others are more drawn toward creativity and others display leadership qualities early,’’ she said.

Eletu urged youths not to see the concert as competition; rather they should strive to be a better person.

“Though it is a competition, we let them to know from the beginning that the competition is not about winning.

“It is about having the spirit of competing because they are winners in God.

“It’s a time for children to come together to know one another and to display their talents on a God-like platform.

“It’s also to let them know that they can strive to be a better person,

“The LP 15 has over 100 parishes and in every parish, we have a junior and teen church. The junior and teen church come together yearly for this concert.’’

The winners in each category like dancing, drama, playing of instruments, spoken words, Bible quiz, would go home with a Samsung voucher worth N20,000.

The second position in each category would receive N15, 000, third position N10, 000 worth of Samsung voucher; in addition, every winner would go home with N5, 000 worth of Shoprite voucher.