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Five Essential Responsibilities For Parents Within The Home

By Jayde Johannsen

All parents are fully aware of the daunting task that is constituted by trying to maintain happiness and peace in a home with an entire family present. As true as this may be, the task is also incredibly rewarding and as a result most parents tend to exert themselves greatly in achieving it.

Parents should realize that no home can be perfect and that tensions will surface now and again even with the most kind and amenable children in the world. That means that having ridiculously high expectations will merely position parents for disappointment. To avoid this, parents with less experience can talk with child experts and friends or family with greater parenting experience for guidance and orientation in this regard.

In light of all of this, here we have compiled a list of five essential responsibilities inherent in good parenting that must be fulfilled to properly ensure that one’s kids turn out to be healthy people later in life, the result of a balanced home environment from an early age.

1) Responsibility number one can be reduced down to one single word: discipline. Without discipline, maintaining a fully occupied home can become an unbearable burden; things easily get out of hand without discipline in a home and bad moments can seem to be like a living hell. Beyond the issue of physical punishment itself (which different parents will have differing views on), it’s imperative that parents not leave themselves without disciplinary measures whatsoever. Parents should always retain some sort of mechanism or tool that allows them to obtain some degree of compliance or, at the least, is seen as a sufficiently bad punishment by the child so as to be avoided.

2) Furthermore, parents need to mentally stimulate their kids from an early age and not leave it just for the teachers at school to do, and not tackle the matter too late in their child’s development. The means here are practically without limit: from traditional games to reading literature or writing or playing music, these all do the job. Music in particular has been proven to be enormously beneficial for young minds and improve performance in several senses (especially academically).

3) Just as the mind needs stimulation, so does the body; in this sense, sports and outdoor activities need to be very present in children’s lives. A house with child inhabitants has to have some sports equipment lying around, and parents need to incentivate their children to stop watching the TV and get some exercise…all the time. Even if it’s just a light session of catch between father and son, the activity will help develop bonds between the two and will enormously benefit the child.

4) It’s important that children feel comfortable in their own home, and that they enjoy having friends over-otherwise, children may develop a tendency to escape from home that will prove to be unhealthy for family ties in the long run. Organize parties, events, or just a sleepover with a best friend on a periodic basis to keep this dynamic in good conditions.

5) Finally, parents should promote their children’s sense of responsibility by assigning them certain chores throughout the home that need to be performed weekly, and that may have an allowance attached to them. This keeps kids engaged with their surroundings and will make for tidier, healthier people in the long run.

Jayde Johannsen loves all there is about being a Mom. She recently went shopping for baby high chairs. She loves the look of wooden baby high chairs.

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