As our children grow up our relationships with them change. From a nurturer and carer, to so much more. If you watch nature documentaries you see how the animal world look after their young, and so often can relate to it. I suppose that’s why sometimes, the softer amongst us may get a little teary when watching and seeing that the young are in danger. There’s less risk for us humans than there are for wildlife, but that inbuilt want and need to protect our children continues through life.
There are many roles for parents, no wonder we have to be multiskilled and can bring so much benefit to the workplace if we work alongside bringing up children.
The roles of a parent
Carer – ensure children are well looked after
Nurturer – help bring out the skills, personality, empathy and values that their child has
Protector – like in the animal world, human parents want to keep their children from harm
Nurse – we just know when there’s something not right with our children, and want to nurse them back to health
Developer – help them grow as a person and develop new skills
Teacher – who else is going to teach them how to know right from wrong, and learnt how to eat, look after themselves, do chores and support through school
Coach – be there as a bouncing board, help them get the skills and understanding to learn for themselves
Guide – through childhood, through friendships and through family issues
Adviser – to support them making the right decisions
Listener – to be there to listen and hear any problems
Stakeholder manager – facilitates, delegates and works with other adults like teachers or sports coaches
Encyclopaedia – certainly when younger, be there to answer questions and spark their interest
Chef / Nutritionist – to attempt to guide them towards a healthier well balanced way of life
Calendar – because no child knows what’s going on in their life when
Promoter – to schools, to friends, to anyone who may have a positive influence on your child’s life
Entertainer – for whenever ‘I’m bored’ comes into play or they’re ill
Party planner – enough said
Confidant – to keep secrets and concerns when they just need someone to talk to
Friend – because sometimes our children need us to be their friend as well as a parent
Ultimately, we’re just Mum or Dad. And we hope that bond and relationship continues through life as they grow up and spread their wings of independence out of our shadows.
What do you feel your role is in being a parent?
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