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What Being A Parent Really Means & What It Involves

If anyone thinks that being a parent is easy then they clearly have not had any children of their own. Being a parent is so much more than doing the practical stuff such as changing nappies, feeding and bathing. Oh no there is a lot more to it than that.

Being a parent means that you are responsible for raising a human being for the next 18 years. For some the beginning part might not seem so bad, but those cute little babies that women bring into the world soon grow to form opinions of their own and they don't half let you know it. Especially in their teenage years.

As their parent you have to ensure not only their physical health, but also their emotional and mental health as well. Just one wrong thing said and you can scare them for life, so its important that you think careful and what you say to your child and how you say it. Some parents can actually forget that their tiny three year old has feelings.

Another big and important aspect of parenting is their social life and until they are old enough to arrange it for themselves that is something you are responsible for. Which can not only be time consuming , but costly too. Okay when they are babies and toddlers its not so bad. Most playgroups are free and the rest are very cheap and usually last no more than an hour. But soon they are attending birthday parties and demanding trips to the cinema and pocket money.

Finally there is guiding them through life and making sure they stay on the right way. Its every parent's worst fear that one day their child might go off the rails. You just have to do your best as a parent and pray that it will be enough.

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LeaPea2417 wrote on November 21, 2015, 6:08 PM

Yes, being a parent is a very important job and when the kid grows up into a good responsible citizen, it makes the parent very happy. But, when the kid grows up to live a totally unwise life, it leaves parents wondering what they did wrong .

MegL wrote on November 22, 2015, 5:12 PM

I like the idea of raising them until they are 18! I still have one at home at 37!

CoralLevang wrote on November 23, 2015, 1:34 PM

We do the best we can with the information and skills we have been taught or learned on our own.

And then we have to let them go. They will hate us and blame us for all that goes wrong, if we weren't very skillful.
And the legacy will continue.

Colibry21 wrote on November 30, 2015, 11:33 AM

It is true. There is so much more to parenting than we may originally think. Being a parent is hard work. But it's still one that I enjoy though, personally.

cheri wrote on December 3, 2015, 9:40 PM

I always think this...the Super STRESS called PARENTING!
I have three kids and it seems like raising a whole generation

cheri wrote on January 20, 2016, 7:31 PM

I agree on that. I am a parent of three kids. How I wish that parenting stops at 18 but I think its a lifetime commitment.