Being a responsible parent comes with a multitude of responsibilities and duties. Of course, being a responsible parent goes beyond just giving birth. Raising a child is very difficult since they don’t come with guidelines, instructions or Manual, We learn as we go.

Parental responsibility is where an adult is responsible for the care and well-being of their child and can make important decisions about their children.

The following outline provides ten essential responsibilities that parents must adhere to in order to foster their child’s physical and emotional well-being.

1.Safe and a happy home

Create a happy home life for your child by providing a safe, stable home for him. Spend quality time together with your child when you’re at home, whether by playing together, preparing meals with him or reading together each night. It’s important to spend time together with your child, it’s also important to give him space and time alone.

2. Show that your love is unconditional

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As a parent, you’re responsible for correcting and guiding your kids. But how you express your corrective guidance makes all the difference in how a child receives it.

When you have to confront your child, avoid blaming, criticizing, fault-finding or insulting, which undermine self-esteem and can lead to resentment. Instead, strive to nurture and encourage, even when disciplining your kids. Make sure they know that although you want and expect better next time, your love is there no matter what.

3.Protect Your Children

Your child’s security is your responsibility. Make sure their environment is safe. You have to protect your children, to warn them by telling what is safe to do and what isn’t before they venture out on their own. Teach your child the difference between right and wrong, and that wrong may be harmful both for him and for others. Your goal is to protect your children from dangers to which they may be vulnerable and to keep them safe. Also, children feel safe when there are continuity and consistency in daily routines, and especially when there is a loving atmosphere.

4. Your Child’s Health must be your priority

Taking care of your child’s health both physically and mentally is particularly important during childhood when your infant is growing and developing.

From the moment your child is born, it’s your responsibility to care for him and keep him healthy. It is down to the parents to ensure that their children are healthy and well at all time.

5.Boosting Your Child’s Self-Esteem

Kids start developing their sense of self as babies when they see themselves through their parents’ eyes. Your tone of voice, your body language, and your expressions are absorbed by your kids. Your words and actions as a parent affect their developing self-esteem more than anything else.

Avoid making loaded statements or using words as weapons. Comments like “What a stupid thing to do!” or “big head but no sense!” cause damage just as physical blows do.

Choose your words carefully and be compassionate. Let your kids know that everyone makes mistakes and that you still love them, even when you don’t love their behavior.

6.Set limits and be consistent with your discipline

Establish rules, and consequences for breaking those rules. When you discipline your child, you’re setting him up to succeed in life. Discipline is necessary for every household but I don’t mean beat him to death. The goal of discipline is to help kids choose acceptable behaviors and learn self-control. They may test the limits you establish for them, but they need those limits to grow into responsible adults.

Establishing house rules helps kids understand your expectations and develop self-control. Some rules might include no watching of television until homework is done.

You might want to have a system in place: one warning, followed by consequences such as a “time out” or loss of privileges. Can you imagine some parents denial their children from food just because of wrongdoing? A common mistake parents make is a failure to follow through with the consequences. You can’t discipline kids for talking back one day and ignore it the next. Being consistent teaches what you expect.

7. Be a Good Role Model

Young kids learn a lot about how to act by watching their parents. The younger they are, the more cues they take from you. Before you lash out or blow your top in front of your child, think about this: Is that how you want your child to behave when angry? Be aware that you’re constantly being watched by your kids. Studies have shown that children who hit usually have a role model for aggression at home.

A husband usually beats his wife, one day as he was beating his wife, his five-year-old son came to him and said: “daddy I want to be like you”. The father was surprised and could not say a word.

Model the traits you wish to see in your kids: respect, friendliness, honesty, kindness, tolerance. Do things for other people without expecting a reward. Express thanks and offer compliments. Above all, treat your kids the way you expect other people to treat you.

8. Your Child’s education is very imperative

To raise your children properly, your duties aren’t limited to food, shelter, and protection, but also require you to teach and educate them, to shape knowledge and character, to prepare your child to face the real world. Give your child the quality education, the type your parents couldn’t offer to you. Don’t just send them to any school because they need education. My parents sold some of their properties to foster my education.

9. You reap what you sow

Responsible parenting involves more than just guiding your children in the right direction; it also involves monitoring your own behavior, reactions and responding in a way that you would like your children to model. In other words, you reap what you sow. As a responsible parent, part of your responsibility is to model the types of behaviors and values you would like to see in your children.

10.inculcate values in your child

Some parents believe that our schools should teach behavior and courtesy. I’ve had teachers tell me about parents who berate them because their children are rude as if it’s the teacher’s fault. They’re wrong. Schools can only continue what the parents have largely done. Don’t forget basic courtesy begins at home.

the morality of your children depends on you. You must train your children and develop into good moral people and keeping them on that path is your job. Teach your child morals and values. Honesty, Respect, Responsibility, Compassion, Patience, Forgiveness and Generosity.

Conclusion

Children are a blessing given to parents and therefore have the responsibility to cater to them, until when they have become physically, mentally, financially and psychologically matured to handle their own affairs. In actual fact, parenting has no end, as parents’ graduates into grand-parents and then the cycle is repeated from generations to generations. How well a child turns out to be in their adult life largely depends on how well they were catered for by their parents.

You as a parent or incoming parent, what are some other responsibilities that you think I should have mentioned. We would like to hear from you.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Hi Augustine! I’m a teacher and it’s sad when parents are too busy to remember some of these responsibilities. Schools can’t be expected to raise their children for them. Great article!

    • Thank you very much Ela, Some parents even forget to pick up their own children after school. The sad aspect of it is that most parents doesn’t know their main responsibilities as a parent which eventually affects their children as well.

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