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Monday, December 17, 2007

What Makes A Parent

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With all the emphasis on being a good parent today, one can only wonder if they are in fact, a good parent or can they do something different. The fact is that not everyone parents his or her children in the same way. What the woman next door does might not be right for your children. If you have children that behave and listen fairly well, then there is no reason to think you are not a good parent. Just because the children next door use "please" and "may I", does not mean that is a better parent.

Being a good parent means trying to give your children love and sharing with them in their excitement or disappointments. How your children as far as politeness does not make a parent better than anyone else. Instilling the fear of god in children to be polite is not good parenting. Loving them and talking to them the way you would like them to talk is how children learn to talk.

What is a parent?

A parent is someone who loves you no matter what.
A parent is someone who tries to stand by you and give you support.
A parent accepts you for who you are and not what you might have been.
A parent is warm, loving and kind.
A parent is the one you want to be with when you do not feel well.
A parent is the reason you are here.
A parent is someone you will miss dearly when they are not here.

All these things make you a good parent, not your child's vocabulary or your child's IQ. The clothes they wear or choose not to wear does not make you a good or bad parent. This is the time of year to reach out and say, "Mom and dad, I love you." It does not matter how long it has been or even if you parted under bad circumstances, they are your parents and they do love you.

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  • At December 20, 2007 at 8:45 AM , Blogger Ally said...

    WOW! I completely agree with you: instilling the fear of God... etc. I have seen many children very well behaved but it a downright MOUSY way. I have always always wanted my kids to have an independence and zest in them.

    I've always said that adults don't automatically get my children's respect, they have to earn it, and it's never backfired: teachers, administrators, uncles, grandmas, they all earn children's respect. Pedophiles, teenagers, etc- they don't earn it, and my kids aren't afraid of adults- they're not mousy and they know they don't have to listen to or be cowed by strangers.

    Wow I just ranted on your blog when I really meant to say thanks for visiting WritersUnbound- but you made such a great point!

  • At December 20, 2007 at 9:10 AM , Blogger Blondie - Pamela said...

    Thanks for the visit Ally, it was nice hearing from you.


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