Development – Option #1

Parenting is said to be one of the hardest jobs in the world, but it is also a very important and rewarding one too.  There are few approaches to parenting that I believe would create happy, healthy, and productive members of society.  The “best” way to parent, in my opinion, would be to provide endless amounts of love.  Now, I do not mean give everything to their child, or always allow them to get away with everything, but it is necessary to make them feel valued, and cherished.  When I said that parents shouldn’t give every little thing to their child, I believe that is another quality of good parenting too.  If a parent gives everything to their child, they will grow up not knowing what it is like to work for something they want.  They will instead, go their whole life expecting something from everyone and everything, but in all reality, that is not how life works.  Parents also shouldn’t be so overbearing or create a lot of stress for their child.  They should be understanding, compassionate, and openminded to their children because after all, they are still learning how life works.  The “best” parents should be available for hard times, life advise, just someone to talk with.  Creating a safe space with their child may allow them to feel trusted and lead them to be less likely to go against their parents.  Parents should be there for their child no matter the cost and let them know that are loved no matter what they do.  There are a lot of different parenting styles, but I believe the “best” parenting just involves a lot of love, even “tough” love.  If a child grows up feeling misunderstood, unloved, or stressed, they may turn to other things like alcohol, drugs, or unhealthy relationships to try and feel fulfilled.  This is why parenting is a tough, but critical job.


One thought on “Development – Option #1

  1. Hi Emily!

    I could not agree more with how important love is to developing children. This kind of positive attention has a lot to do with the kind of attachment a child forms with their caregivers. A healthy strong attachment is greatly attributed to displays of love and attention, as well as body contact and general familiarity, both of which tend to happen naturally when providing love.
    Further, a secure attachment prepares children for their future relationships. These children are more likely to have basic trust, making them approach new situations with less fear because they feel the world is generally reliable and good.

    Very thoughtful first impression!


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