Being a parent is an extremely rewarding experience and should be considered one of the greatest accomplishments a person can achieve, but it can also be a challenging task. The role you must take and the responsibilities you must fulfill can sometimes seem overwhelming.
Here are ten common challenges that parents face when they are raising a child:
- Providing basic care for your child, since your child has fundamental physical needs that must be fulfilled (food, clothing, shelter) and it is up to you to provide for those needs.
- Providing your child with their mental and emotional needs. Love, a feeling of security, happiness, and well-being are important to a child, so make sure your child has all of these.
- Teaching your child how to socialize and interact with others.
- Making sure your child knows you love him or her, and if you have more than one child, always show them equality in your affections.
- Guiding your child’s behavior to teach them proper conduct, and to educate them about boundaries and limitations.
- Spending quality time with your children, as it solidifies the bond you share with your child and adds to their sense of security and well-being.
- Providing for your child’s educational needs and teaching them proper study habits.
- Teaching your child the importance of discipline and self-control.
- Establishing a foundation for good communication skills and the ability to express themselves.
- Being a positive and inspiring role model for your child to learn from.
Despite the potentially rough road ahead of you as a parent, the payoff is the awesome reward of seeing your child grown to adulthood as a respected, admired, and loved individual who has you to thank for the influences you provided when they were young.
Dorothy Hastings is the Director of First School, which are three preschool and child care centers located throughout Southern California. First School provides a hands-on approach to preschool education and Child Care programs that emphasizes all around child development. In addition to their intuitive academic approach, First School also focuses on developing a child’s social skills and self-confidence, which is made possible in their intimate learning atmosphere.