I would like to know your thoughts. Do you consider yourself to be a good parent? If so, why do you think this is?
I think I am but i also know i have a few short comings as well. I think i am a good parent since i make sure dd is safe, she has clothing, she is thriving in school, very rarely sick, etc.
Quoting JulesFairy:Honestly, the definition of that is a wide and variable one. I think number one is love. Then putting the interest of the child(ren) at the forefront of your mind. My husband sums it up like this... did you try your best and improve on the mistakes you made yesterday? Do you realize that you are there to be there parents not their friend, sometimes what you have to do isnt what they want you to do and that is where the parent over friend comes on. And are they happy, healthy, and well adjusted? If so then you are a good parent.
I figure the fact that i worry and strive to be a good parent qualifies me as one. I am notperfect. I yell and get upset over seemingly small things. But i am working on it. I may be mom but i am human too.
I consider myself a work-in-progress. I'm not done being a parent yet, so I don't actually know what kind of parent I am - I've never been one before, and my job isn't done yet. I try very hard to enrich my son's life - to show him that he is loved, well-cared for, and exposed to the wonder of life, and it's possibilities.
I do consider myself a good parent. Not perfect, no one is.
I think a good parent is someone who thinks about the children first, takes their best interest to heart with every decision that the parents make, know that they are not friends with their kids and that sometimes the best decision isn't the easiest one. A good parent would crawl across broken glass to do what is needed for their child, if that's what it would take.
A good parent is one that takes into account their child and all others your child encounters. Does what it takes to make the child wholeheartedly healthly, happy, and successful in life....to whatever it means to that parent and child.
I think if you give attention to your children, teach them things and show respect, you're a good parent.
Mom of four
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