Many women choose to parent when they discover they are pregnant unexpectedly. We know that not every woman will want to take this route, however. If parenting is an option you’d like to pursue or you just want to know more about it, we have resources to help you.
Parenting is a lifelong commitment to a child from pregnancy through birth and for the rest of the child’s life. To parent means to provide for and support a child physically, socially and emotionally. It involves loving and caring for a child through the good times and the bad. Parenting shines a spotlight on you as you set the primary example of what it means to be human in a world filled with opportunities and pitfalls.
A child’s basic needs
First and foremost, a child needs food and shelter, which they cannot acquire this on their own. Therefore the initial responsibility of their parents is to provide a roof over their heads and food in their stomachs.
Children are initially too small and weak to protect themselves. So, it is the parent’s job to keep them from harm of any kind. This also means defending them if they are threatened or attacked.
Initially, children do not understand many things and it’s up to their parents to guide them. As their minds are just developing, they can misinterpret situations, and become upset. Children need to understand the feelings of others and learn to control their own feelings. Further, they need to understand how to get along with other children and how to relate to adults and people in authority. They also need to learn many skills including self-control, cooperation, following directions, and the ability to focus and pay attention.
Social skills are the way in which we interact with one another. For a child to grow into a person who effectively lives and works with others, they need to learn the rules of society. It is a parent’s job to help them learn how to cooperate, to share and to be a friend. In addition, they need to learn such skills as participation, patience, listening and positive communications.
Many abilities needed to function as an adult in the workplace are not taught in school. You, as a parent, can help them explore activities that build skills and help them discover their talents.
It is important for a child to learn how to be happy with themselves. Life is challenging and difficult and so parents must teach their child to weather the storms that will inevitably come their way. Nurturing self-confidence will ultimately help bring them to a level of emotional maturity and happiness.
Learn more about parenting
Along with our parenting classes, which go from pre-natal through toddler, you can learn more about parenting from The Child Development Institute.
Our services for parenting include:
- Lab-Quality Pregnancy Testing
- Limited Obstetrical Ultrasound provided by a Licensed Medical Professional
- STD/STI Education and Referral for Testing
- Parenting Resources
Contact us today for your initial pregnancy consultation.