What Does It Mean To Be a Parent

Being a parent is a major responsibility. You are in charge of raising an individual to the point of adulthood with the goal of turning him or her into a valuable member of the community. This undertaking requires care, love, understanding and the ability to keep the children on the right path. If done right, it is one of the hardest things you will do, but it also will be one of the most rewarding. 

By maintaining your duty of care as a parent, your child is more likely to put their trust in you and realize the love, care and affection you have towards them hence creating a stronger relationship with you.  
 
Setting limits 
 

It is your responsibility as a parent to set limits and guidelines for your child to follow. Using guidance is much more useful than severely punishing your child as that only distances them further. By setting limits, you’re allowing your child to know what’s expected from them, learn about fairness and respect others. 
 

Children grow up and are mostly around their parents and so teaching them correct behaviors and setting out expectations in regards to how they should behave both around the family and in public is essential. 

 
Discipline  

 
This is not always about punishing your child after they’ve done something wrong. Instead, discipline should be about guiding your child’s behavior. Establishing clear rules that are understood by your child is an easy way to discipline your child. As mentioned earlier, your child will often tend to do the same thing you do and so by being a good role model, you are showing your child the correct way to behave. However, in order for your child to learn to the right thing, there should be consequences for poor behavior. 
 
Correct discipline can lead to building a positive relationship with your child as they may understand that you’re only doing what’s best for them and have their best interest at heart. 

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