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The Rewards Of Parenting

Aug 17, 2007
Preparing for a child is an exciting time filled with anticipation. Although some people may fear the future-child because of the changes that will take place and not feeling like they are ready for children, many parents suddenly drop those fears the moment the child is born. The immediate connection that parents have with their children is only the start of the many rewards of parenting.

Being a Model

When you realize that your child takes in all that you say and do, it can be scary. Parenting means that you are the primary role model for your child. Fortunately, you don't have to be perfect to do a good job as a parent. It takes practice to be confident in your parenting. Sure you will have to make changes in your life if you want to be a strong model for him/her. But understand that you will make mistakes and everything can still turn out okay.

Keeping them on the Right Track

Parenting requires you to be able to discipline in a loving way. Often people hear the word "discipline" and think that means corporal punishment, but this isn't the case. Every child will naturally push the limits in order to discover the behavioral boundaries. If a parent doesn't set up boundaries through discipline, than the child will end up with a behavior problem. Parenting through discipline means that you decide what is acceptable and what isn't and you stick with it. When something isn't acceptable you give a warning, telling the child what punishment they will receive if they continue the bad behavior and then follow through if they ignore the warning.

Good parenting includes using reasonable punishments. A punishment is used only as a method of teaching the child correct behavior rather than retaliation for poor behavior.

Your Parenting Reward

Loving your child unconditionally will teach your child to love. So in turn, you will be able to receive love from your child. This kind of love is unlike any other.

Being consistent in your parenting will result in a rewarding life as a parent. You will see your child grow up to be a strong, capable person. Every time your child succeeds, you succeed. This is because you are the foundation for their success. Knowing that your parenting influence created a flourishing life your child is the greatest reward of all.
About the Author
Eddie Lamb provides an abundance of vital information on a range of health topics. We believe a better understanding of parenthood can help reduce unnecessary stress and anxiety. You'll find a host of useful articles all about parenting listed on our site map page at Parenting Rewards.
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