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Posted On: 26 January 18

What is parenting?

Parenting is a task or responsibility that one needs to attend to which comes most times with the birth of a child whether born directly by a person or adopted. Another way of defining parenting is to conceive it as the process of promoting and supporting the physical, emotional, social and intellectual development of a child from infancy to adulthood. As a process, it demands the conscious commitment of the acclaimed parent to the supposed child in ensuring that such a child is raised to comply to social demands and expectations.

Who does Parenting?

Parenting could be done by biological parents, relatives of biological parents such as siblings to parents, legal guardian or even the government. Basically, ideal parenting is a relationship which demands that the parents involved will provide the physical and psychological resources needed for the child to become a responsible citizen in the community. It is pertinent to note that although social status, financial capacity and income determines how parents will attend to responsibilities but the most important need of children can b summarized as love and affection.

Steps to Effective Parenting

  • Live consciously: A good parent lives in the consciousness of his children. He is aware that he is to be an example to them so he does things he would love them emulate from him. Living consciously demands living a disciplined life. It implies that parents cannot do anything even though they seem to have the right to do anything.
  • Be involved with your children: The parent-children relationship is hallowed and respectful. It represents a medium of mentoring the younger generation into becoming responsible adults. Therefore, parents must constantly engage their children through tension-free atmosphere of discussions. They must consistently assure their children of their love and commitment even if they are not wealthy. They must assure their children of their innate ability to fight against the challenges of the time. Through this medium, children will grow to feel accepted; have a healthy self esteem and have a sound mind.
  • Recognize your child’s childishness but do not condone irresponsible acts: There are behavioral acts that children put up simply because they are children not because they mean any harm. As long as such behavior does not pose any danger to your child, overlook it. However, help the child learn responsibility early by correcting his or her wrong deeds at due time. This will not only correct the offender, it will act as deterrent to the other children as well as the offender himself.
  • Reward your child’s good effort: There is no quicker teacher than the reward scheme. As long as you frown at wrong behavior, acknowledge and reward good performances. This will encourage the child to do better than before.
  • Help your child to succeed: Be willing to give a helping hand to your child. Remember that he or she is treading a path of life that has never been trodden by him or her before. Help him or her t make the right decisions with respect to career choices, colleges to go, friends to go out and dates to go.
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