Child parenting is undoubtedly one of the most rewarding things that any of us can do in life, but it is also the most difficult job in the world.
Child parenting lasts longer than any modern career, requires a far greater investment in terms of both time and money and will confront you will more difficult choices than any career. It is also a roller coaster ride which will raise your emotions to greater heights and sink them to greater depths than you ever imagined possible.
You will have to learn a new set of skills and, more importantly, you will have to master these parenting skills fast and get things pretty much right from the outset. Learning how to care for a newborn baby is not a something that comes naturally, despite but you may have been told, and getting it wrong can have you panicking and telephoning the doctor in next to no time at all.
Also, as soon as you have mastered one aspect of the parenting job you find yourself getting promoted and have a whole new set of skills to master. Baby parenting rapidly becomes toddler parenting, child parenting and teenage parenting and it doesn’t stop there.
This ought to be enough but, in today’s world a growing number of parents also have to deal with things like separation, divorce, single parenting and step parenting. Add into the equation the difficulties of educating and protecting your children and the pressures brought by the media, educators, child experts, other children and a variety of other external influences and you find yourself with a very difficult task indeed.
Of course many parents who do manage to successfully negotiate this minefield, so there must be a secret to successful parenting. The recipe for good parenting has a long list of ingredients, but there are a few factors which set the successful parent apart from the crowd.
One important factor is the attitude that you adopt in approaching parenthood and the way in which you conduct yourself. For example, coming to the problems of parenting with a sense of confidence will do a great deal to smooth the path and will also instill confidence in your children. Similarly, showing respect for both your partner and your children will also help your children to learn a sense of respect of their own for the views and values of other people.
A sense of fair play is also an extremely important factor and the manner in which you handle competing choices, and the care that you take in both making and also explaining your decisions, not only teaches your children a valuable lesson but will also do a great deal to earn you their trust and respect. A willingness to devote time to your children and to listen to their views and opinions and to share your thoughts and experiences with them will also prove immensely valuable.
Child parenting is hard work, but it is also one of the most rewarding things which we can do and the effort you put into raising your children will be repaid in a hundred different ways in the vast majority of cases.