The Confident Parent

By: Madelyn Easley

Parenting Skill- Providing Education

It's important to give your children education because they must learn in order to grow and excel in life. Education will further a child's knowledge and it gives them the opportunity to get a decent job in the future. As a parent, your job is to support the child through their school careers and encourage them to advance their learning. Giving support to the child will allow them to do so.

Parenting Skill- Providing Love

One of the most important skills you need to contribute to a child's health is love. Love is crucial to the child because they must know who provides them the love during times in need. Not giving the child enough love and attention is considered neglect. By avoiding neglect, your child will grow up happier, healthier, and they will feel more accepted.

Parenting Skill- Providing Clothes

Responsible and mature parents that provide income for their families know that they must put their earnings towards their children first. For example, clothing for your children is not optional. Clothing is a basic necessity to a child's health because it provides them with safety, security, and shelter. This protects the child in all three areas of their health. Providing them with appropriate clothing shows that they are taken care of.

Parenting Skill- Provide a sense of security

Parents who are dependable, consistent, respectful, and responsible to their children encourages them to develop a sense of security. These qualities are especially important for parents with younger children because kids at that age will start to learn what trust is and how it works. This lays the foundation of raising and maintaining their attachment to their parents.

Parenting Skill- Provide Shelter

Providing shelter for your children is a basic necessity every parent should know. If you fail to do so, you are demonstrating neglect to your children and you are not protecting them. Circumstances may vary, but your children become your first priority and that could mean someone else must care for them if you are not able to.

Functions of a Family

The way a family functions varies depending on the family because all families are not the same. In every family, each person plays a role. The parents care for the child and provide them with their necessities and the children contribute by helping out around the house and work to keep the family together. As a whole, the family should preform the following functions: Provide a support system, provide basic needs and share traditions and values.

Parenting Style: Assertive- Democratic

The definition of an assertive-democratic parent is when children in the home have input into the rules and limits you set for them. For example, your teenage daughter, who recently got her license a month ago, wanted to go out with friends tonight. You and your husband both agreed on letting her give you a time when she wanted to be home, and correcting the curfew time if it was necessary. You gave your daughter the option to input her opinion on curfew, while still being a protective and responsible parent and adjusting the time to be appropriate.


Another example of assertive-democratic parenting is when your child(ren) want to play outside with their friends. You are allowing the child to go outside to play with neighbor friends, while being a responsible parent by wanting them back in the house when it starts to get dark. You are protecting your child and you're allowing them to have a limit.

Guidance--

As a parent, it is important for you to guide a child and raise them to be respectful and responsible. Guidance promotes security and self-worth in the child. Children must understand what is right from wrong and it is the parents job to make sure the child does acknowledge the difference. Parents must model and set an example for the child so they can learn from what they're doing. This guides them to gradually develop their inner self.

Discipline--

A majority of parents often struggle with the proper way to discipline a child for their actions, whether it's negative or positive. Some people like to discipline a child for their positive actions by giving them money or gifts. Likewise, they might yell at a child for doing something inappropriate. Parents don't often understand that they must be patient with their children. To avoid disciplining your child the improper way, read the following: Make yourself clear, but don't shout at them to do so, understanding that they might not have meant to do it, but they are simply learning from their mistakes and they are testing your boundaries to see how far you'll go. Don't cave in to the child because you are not being consistent to your punishment.