Merriam Webster's Collegiate Dictionary says parenting became popular in print, way back in 1958. What does parenting mean? Parenting is a serious committment and takes time. Time spent on a child is worthwhile time. Time dedicated to raising a child will pass in a blink of an eye. Parenting means avoiding statements like, "I don't have time to help you."
Sometimes, parenting brings great pride and joy. Other times, parenting will cause a parent to shake a head, cry, become upset, and even say, "Help!" But with continuous effort, parenting will bring great rewards to both parent and child!
I am in the teaching profession. We recently held "parent, advisor, student" conferences at our high school! The conference was student lead! The student practiced introductions, handshaking, and eye contact. Always, there was plenty of praise by advisor and parent! Nevertheless, the parent-advisor-student also talked about ways the student could do even better! The student was encouraged to plan and think beyond the 2-4 years remaining in high school.
Attending this conference showed GOOD parenting! Giving this time to the student was time well spent! Three cheers for these families! So sad, for the families that didn't show or bother to let the school know they couldn't come.
Parenting....to love, to shelter, to listen, to guide and support, to prepare, and to let go... Take time parents to practice good parenting skills. It's worthwhile... (January 23, 2012)