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Eng 105 section 26
The Advantages of Positive Parenting Parenting can easily be considered one of the most difficult jobs on Earth. Kids are not like puppies where you can get one and take care of it while it’s small and cute. Then, when it no longer entertains you, it can be given away to someone else to care for. Kids are a lifelong responsibility. Once they are born, they will always be there: when they are fun, when they are messy and also when they don’t listen and are disobedient. But it is also one of the most rewarding experiences a person can have during their life. So, how does a parent raise happy kids? Katharine Kersey stated that “if we truly honor [our] children, we will do everything within our power to keep their spirits open. When our spirits are open we are energetic and happy. We are relatively free of anger. We are cooperative and want to communicate. We care about what other people have to say to us, and we have no need to hurt others” (15). This should be the goal of every parent. Therefore, in order to guide children in the right direction, parents should make the decision to raise their children in a positive and supportive manner. This is so important because parental choices and actions can either destroy or build the future of their children, kids that are dealt with positively will be more responsive to instruction and direction, and negativity leads to animosity and hard feelings. The choices and actions of a parent can greatly influence how a child will react to the world. The behaviors of the parental figure have the power to destroy or build the future of their kids. “When the parent is not involved you see [kids] on the streets doing whatever they want, they end up in gangs. In single parent homes, not knowing where the other parent is effects how they interact with other kids. It effects their grades and they get madder…It is so important for a child to have a parent that
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