Professor Marilyn Brock
7 October, 2013
In raising a child, both parents should share equal responsibility. From the start of humanity, it has always been thought that women should take care of the children while the men were the breadwinners. However, things have changed now and both parents have began to take equal responsibilities of their children. Parenting is a two person concept and does not mean one parent can take on more of the responsibility of a child’s development. The roles of the mother and the father play a different part in parenting. Daughters look up to their father as an ideal husband and sons look up to their father as a role model. Both daughters and sons look up to their mother as an individual with endless love to give. Both roles help one another in creating a healthy child. When there is no equal responsibility in raising a child, the child would learn to love one more than the other. If a child is being raised by only one parent because the other is busy at work or etc, the child is spending more quality time with that parent only. Both parents don’t share the same amount of time with the child thus; the child’s love is not equal for both. When the responsibility of a child is dependent upon one parent because the other parent does not have enough time, often the child becomes a misfit. Both parents must take equal part in the responsibility for a healthy child. Statistics show, being raised by two parents equally allow the child to have a higher chance of growing up normal (Rosenburg). God made the birth of a child to be between a male and a female. Both sexes took part in making the child, so both should be equally responsible for the child. The child is not owned more by either parent, and it would be unfair for one parent to take more responsibility than the other. According to Carry Fitness, an online website on healthy lifestyle, “As times change, mothers change to meet the new roles that they are expected to play. Gone are the days where most mothers just cared for the family and the home. Mothers today are a lot of things to a lot of people. Mothers still have to fill the mother role, but it is not felt that they are the only ones responsible for rearing the family.” Women may be looked upon as having the duties of taking care of the house and children, but that does not mean the father does not have any responsibilities. In the present, there are men who stay home and take those duties while women go to work. Although both parents may not have time together to take care of the child, they can balance the responsibility of the child when either parent has time. Both parents can take turns in taking care of the child and that would allow the child to have a healthy life. A child needs both a mother and a father to turn out as a healthy child. Both parents contribute differently to the child’s growth. The father plays an important role in how the child develops. According to The Importance of Fathers in the Healthy Development of Children, Children who are involved with their fathers have better educational outcomes. Studies show that an active fathering leads to better verbal skills, intellectual functioning, and academic achievement for the child (Rosenburg). Not only does the father play a significant role in the child’s academics, but emotions as well. Children being involved with their fathers are more likely to be emotionally secure. If the responsibility of a child is only depended on the mother, the child would lack those categories.
In order to raise a child, teamwork within the parents is required. The roles of both the mother and the father contribute to the child’s development. A child’s happiness and development depends on the quality of their relationship with the parent. Parenting is pulling together, dividing the load, and affirming one another often. The way that parents interact with each other has a lot of...
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