When my daughter was born, I stared in amazement at the miracle that lay before me! Joy filled my heart the moment I looked into her eyes. I looked forward to cherishing every moment of her being in my life!
Within those first hours of childbirth, you don’t think about the responsibility of raising a child. Nevertheless, it does ultimately become the reality that you’re faced with.
Parenting is a responsibility that requires accountability on the part of the parents. Parents are accountable for just about everything concerning the needs of a child until the child becomes a responsible adult.
Raising children requires patience and time on the part of a parent. It’s a full-time position that takes away from an individual’s choice to live an independent life style. That little one will be dependent upon your time for many years to come.
Parenting requires forethought
Children grow to be a reflection of how responsible and accountable their parents are. They’re reflections of the endowed teachings of parents. How a child grows to conduct themselves socially has a bearing on parental teachings and lifestyle. Parenting takes constant conscious effort of being aware of what you say and do, since children are observing, mimicking your actions, and listening to your words.
Becoming independent responsible adults
Ultimately children grow to be independent persons that eventually move out into the world to make their own way, so teaching a child how to be independent is also a parent’s responsibility.
Things to teach a child
- To be independent thinkers
- To accept themselves
- To be confident individuals
- To be responsible and accountable for their own choices and actions
- To respect others individuality
- The value of an education
- Financial responsibility
Setting positive examples and demonstrating the way
There’s a poem by Dorothy Law Nolte entitled “Children Learn What They Live.” After raising my daughter, I agree that the message incorporated within the poem is accurate.
Being a responsible accountable parent that provides positive examples and demonstrates positive attitudes and behaviors happen as a result of having the qualities and characteristics one’s self.However, parents learn their child on day by day bases, and respond accordingly. Every child is different, and it can’t be predicted how or who a child will ultimately grow up to be.
Hopefully the above will provide some insight. I’ve provide the link for the poem written by Dorothy Law Nolte. Perhaps it will be a valuable asset to you as a parent or in becoming a parent.