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Parenting A Solemn Responsibility

As a Parent and Mother I have many responsibilities and roles.

Some of these roles are required daily, others as the occasion arises.

I am Mother, Cleaner, Cook, Teacher, Nurse, Counsellor, Peacemaker, the list goes on. It is a very long list!

Each day I must nurture and love my child. If I want my daughter to grow up to become emotionally healthy, I must be there for her emotionally. If I want my child to be educated, I must teach her.

If I want my child to have manners, I must set an example of good manners. If I want her to have self worth, I must teach self respect.

Whilst the school and the community take part in the influencing and teaching of my child, it is ultimately my responsibility to nurture, protect and teach my daughter. Parenting is a gift and with such a gift comes a great responsibility.

Parenting is not an easy task. It can be very challenging at times. We all have strengths and we all have weaknesses. There is no parenting manual or handbook. We all come from different backgrounds, have different experiences and and as parents no one way will be the right way.

Not all children have two parents, not all children have the traditional Father and Mother in the home. In fact I was a single Mother for five years before meeting my Husband John. My experiences as a single Mother are so so different to those of a married and “currently unwell” Mother.

The one thing which remains the same, the one constant no matter who we are, no matter what our family dynamics or our circumstances is that a Parent must take responsibility.

Parents are responsible for meeting all their children’s needs. If we struggle with this -due to differing Family dynamics then we are need to take responsibility and get the right support.

A child needs a parent to enable them to grow in this world. Their wellbeing is dependent upon us! The physical, emotional, social and psychological wellbeing of a child is the ultimately the responsibility of the parent.

I am grateful to be a Mother. I accept the responsibility that I have as a parent. I’ll continue to do my best and wont be afraid to ask for help when I need it.

I’m far from perfect and have so much more to learn, my child is still young, the Journey has not long begun and I look forward with excitement to the many years of Motherhood that are yet to come.