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Parenting - The Toughest Job You Will Ever Do

Aug 17, 2007
Parenting is one of the toughest but at the same time can be the most rewarding job you will ever do. It is easy to have kids but not quite so easy to bring them up right. Sometimes it seems like a thankless task other times small things can make everything worth it. However the most important thing about child rearing is the fact that your child's future is on the line. How well you handle this important job will affect your child's whole life.

Parenting begins from the day your child is born. How well you nurture and build a relationship with your baby will lay the foundations for your future success in child rearing. Admittedly some children are harder than others to handle but the important groundwork begins in infancy. It is very important to build a close loving relationship with your infant. Even if you have to go to work at this critical period you can still build a loving relationship with your baby by spending as much time as you can with them when you are home.

As your child grows into the toddler years you will face new challenges with your parenting n regards to discipline and outside influences. However you will still need to continue to build your bond of love and respect for each other. As your child explores the outside world all sorts of questions arise and you will be competing with teachers and peer pressure for your child's attention. It is very important at this age to keep communications open and maintain your confidence and mutual respect. This is the age where your child will be observing their peers and other people and will often try to challenge your authority. Maintain your discipline but pick your battles and be prepared to compromise. Always remember that deep down a happy child is one that knows there are limits and boundaries in life. This will make them feel secure and build the foundations for a stable adulthood.

The rebellion of the teenage years is sometimes the worst part of parenting and can seem like one long continuous argument. It is very important to keep communication open at this stage more than any other time. This will help you through these difficult times. Sometimes you may need a little counseling to help you through these tough times. Do not be afraid to ask, and remember it is a temporary stage. If possible get support from other family members. Their experiences can often help you. Once you are over this period you will be able to reap the rewards from your hard labor, as your kids will begin to look after you and lend you their support.
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