Being a parent is no easy task. Parents encounter many situations that are difficult to handle. In many cases a parent can be unsure about how they handled a certain situation or if they have raised their children right. One frequent concern that many parents have is in regards to the teaching of their children. Most parents understand that their role as parent includes being a teacher. Many parents do their best to try to instill in their children principles about life that are valuable.
Your role as parent includes teaching your children morals. Many people define morals as having an understanding between the difference of right and wrong. Also included in the teaching of moral principles is the teaching of one’s own religion. To many families religion is taught right along side the many different scholastic principles a child will encounter.
Important principles that a parent will teach a child must also be modified depending on the age and the ability level of the child. Teaching a toddler is very different from teaching a teenager. There will be times when your children will not understand what it is that you are teaching them. These are the times when they will learn great lessons about your character as you, the parent, exhibit patience, kindness, and understanding in the teaching of your children.
Teaching your children how to avoid danger is one of the most important lessons for a child to learn. Parents have the responsibility as teachers to their children to have lessons with their children about the danger of strangers, the physical perils of crossing a busy street or playing with guns and the dangers that can result from putting harmful things into your body such as drugs and the dangers of alcoholism. Some lessons pertaining to a child’s well-being will be very difficult to teach. A child will also need to learn about their own body, the reproductive system and the proper way to react to situations that may be embarrassing or otherwise uncomfortable for a parent to talk about (let alone initiate a lesson about).
Too many parents also neglect their responsibilities as teachers of scholastic principles. Children should be receiving education both from school and from home. Parents also teach their children by helping them with their homework or encouraging them to ask questions about the things that they may observe around them.
Live by example. Children are mainly creatures of imitation. Children will learn more dramatically from what they see or are shown, than from something that they read or are told. Children learn about appropriate social interactions and emotional responses from the adults that they wish to emulate most, their parents. This puts a great deal of pressure on a parent to be a teacher at all times and especially when their children are watching them and learning from parent’s reactions. You cannot expect for your children to learn somewhere else what they should be learning from their parents in the home.
As a parent you have many hopes for the success of your child. Every good parent wishes for the best life has to offer for their children. Parents want children who are smart and can make good decisions that are in keeping with family beliefs and morals.
The ultimate goal is to rear a well-educated child to success and self sufficiency. But not all parents are enthusiastic about their responsibilities as a teacher at every moment of the day. Yet all the good things that you wish for your children cannot happen without the help of devoted parents who take their responsibility to educate seriously.