The fourth Sunday in July is Parents’ Day. Parents’ Day can be celebrated by older children by giving parents a break from actually doing parenting. Children should take over doing chores and let parents have this day to themselves. However, some children do not understand or some have already moved out of their parents house and may still want to celebrate the day in some way. Anybody can celebrate Parents’ Day by learning the top 5 facts about parenting.
Parenting Is More Complicated than Its Definition
There are many definitions for parenting. The simplest would be “rearing children.” The general idea of parenting is to live a moral life and give your children a foundation for moral living. However, parenting consists of much more than just living a moral life. There’s feeding, teaching, and providing financially for children among other things (Berg).
Becoming a Teen Parent Can Decrease Quality of Life
Become a teen parent can decrease the quality of life for the parents and the children. Most children will have fathers do not keep in touch with the child. Most women who became mothers when teenagers will be on welfare before their child turns five. Over half of people who get married while teenagers will get divorced and very few females who became mothers will ever get a college diploma (Decisions).
Parents’ Genes Matter, but They Don’t Determine Everything
Genes do matter when it comes to the physical characteristics that children will have. This has to do with looks and with possible medical conditions. However, genes don’t determine everything. The environment and the way that children are raised also determine their outlooks on life and intelligence (Kaufman).
A Family Should Not Be a Democracy
While it is good to teach children about how the government works, and there may be decisions that need to be made democratically, the parents should still ultimately be in charge in a family. This means that when it comes to an overall decision, the parents still have the final say. A democratic decision should only take place when the parents decide that it is appropriate (Parenting Facts).
Children Should Be Honest, but They Don’t Have to Be Open
Children should always be honest with their parents. Of course, they are going to try to get away with lies. However, parents need to teach them that lying is not a good thing to do. Parents may want to always be involved with their children’s lives, but they need to give their children their own spaces, too. It is okay for children to keep secrets. They need their own lives. It is only when these secrets are scaring or endangering the children that parents should become concerned (Parenting Facts).
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Decisions, Choices and Options – Facts about parenting. (n.d.). Decisions, Choices and Options. Retrieved July 7, 2012, from http://www.decisionschoicesandoptions.org/the_facts/facts_about_parenting/
Kaufman, S. (n.d.). Scott Barry Kaufman, Ph.D.: 8 Surprising Facts About Parenting, Genes and What Really Makes Us Who We Are. Breaking News and Opinion on The Huffington Post. Retrieved July 7, 2012, from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/scott-barry-kaufman/nature-vs-nurture_b_837915.html
Parenting Facts. (n.d.). Plain and Simple Parenting Advice. Retrieved July 7, 2012, from http://www.plainandsimpleparenting.com/parenting-facts.html