Parenting philosophy is essentially how a parent sees as correct child-rearing. Â It includes all the beliefs and knowledge formed from experiences and learning. Â It is how a parent envisions a child growing up under his/her care. Â Who determines therefore whether a particular parenting philosophy is correct if it is a matter of personal view?
Setting aside personal parenting philosophies first, let us first consider the general philosophies which most sound parenting philosophies are more or less based on. Â These are the basic truths that no parent should disregard. Â When these are taken into consideration, parents are able to come up with philosophies that will not only be beneficial to themselves but to their children as well.
1. Â Parents and children are both entitled to respect. Â They may have differing views, opinions, and behavior but parents will have to understand that control is not tantamount to respect.
2. Â Discipline has a place in a family and a home for without it, chaos arises. Â Parents need to differentiate between discipline and violence for they are not the same.
3. Â Parents have the responsibility of teaching their children the basic skills to help to help them cope with life. Â This responsibility is not passed on to others especially when it is difficult to perform.
4. Â Parents need to give time to Â be with their children, and be there for their children. Â Given the differentÂ circumstancesÂ of parents, this is expected to be performed in the best possible way as individual circumstances will allow.
5. Â Parents have to know their children and be sensitive to their needs. Â This is only possible when time has been given to attain it.
People sometimes tend to carry over the philosophies of their parents, whetherÂ intentionallyÂ or not. Â Some would like to be the exact opposite of their parents. Â Each parent isÂ entitledÂ to form his or her own philosophy with the underlying motive of finding the best way to raise up a child into becomingÂ responsibleÂ adults.