Quality of Parents

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Heidi Hester

What qualities should a good parent possess?

What qualities does a good parent possess? That's a hard question. Everyone has their own definition of what a parent should be. Some parents think that to be a good parent they need to immersed in religion, adding another set of rules on top of the ones already set in place by them. Others think that being a good parent simply means only taking care of the child's immediate needs. While I didn't grow up with the best parents in the world, I was well taken care of, emotionally savvy, and was directed to know right from wrong. I grew up with rules, and I broke the rules. I was nowhere near the perfect child, but I held my own with other kids my age and life in general. My parents did the best job they knew how to do, and I think I turned out okay.

Now that I am an adult, and a parent, I'm learning just what my parents went through. I'm seeing some things from a different perspective. In my opinion a parent should be a parent, not just a friend to their children. I want my son to be able to talk to me about anything, and know I will try to see things from their side. I'd rather my son be open, than doing things behind my back. I don't want to lose the "I was that age once too" statement because I was, and I probably did worse. These days it seems as though a lot of the parents are more worried about how their family looks to the outside world, too busy working to keep their children in daycare, to afford the spendy house, than spending the time with their children. Its sad really. I worked in daycare for a very long time, and much of the time it was us daycare workers that were raising the children.. their parents six to six schedule just didn't fit in with the "childrens menu." It almost seems as though you could place types of parents on different sides.. and they would both argue back and forth about who is a better parent. Regardless of their intentions it is clear some parents are struggling...
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