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Parental Care, Duties And Responsibilities By CNSL Afolabi Adelola Mariam

Parental responsibility means the legal rights, duties, powers, responsibilities and authority a parent has for a child and the child's property. A person who has parental responsibility for a child has the right to make decisions about their care and upbringing.

I know it's not easy to raise children but we have to raise them in a godly way cause children are God's gift and God gave them to us so that we can lead and guide them to the right path...

Parenting is not all about buying of latest or expensive clothes shies or hairstyle for your children but it extend to all the areas if their life.

The following are some essential responsibilities that parents must adhere to in order to foster their child's physical and/or emotional well- being.

1. Provide an environment that is SAFE.
 A. Keep ur child free from physical, sexual, and emotional abuse, so that they won't be abuse and keep it away from you, be your children's best friend.
B. Keep unsafe objects locked up or out of reach of your child.
 C. Get to know ur child's caregivers, don't just carry them to daycare without knowing those people very well
(get references or background checks).
D. Correct any potential dangers around the house.

2. Provide your child with BASIC NEEDS.
A. Water
B. Plenty of nutritious foods
C. Shelter
D. A warm bed with sheets, blankets, and a pillow
 E. Medical care as needed/Medicine when ill, don't be ignorant when your child complain about her health, never play with kids health
 F. Clothing that is appropriate for the weather conditions.

3.Provide your child with SELF-ESTEEM NEEDS. A. Accept your child's uniqueness and respect his or her individuality, don't downgrade her oo. B. Encourage (don't push) your child to participate in a club, activity, or sport.
C. Notice and acknowledge your child's achievements and pro-social behavior. When he/she passes appreciate him/her with gift, when he/she fails scold her small but still encourage her.
D. Encourage proper hygiene (to look good is to feel good, or so they say!).
E. Set expectations for your child that are realistic and age-appropriate.
F. Use your child's misbehavior as a time to teach, not to criticize or ridicule.

4. Teach your child MORALS and VALUES.
 A. Honesty
 B. Respect
 C. Responsibility
 D. Compassion
 E. Patience
 F. Forgiveness
 G. Generosity etc.

5. Develop MUTUAL RESPECT with your child.
A. Use respectful language
B. Respect his or her feelings
 C. Respect his or her opinions
 D. Respect his or her privacy
 E. Respect his or her individuality

6. Provide DISCIPLINE which is effective and appropriate.
A. Structured
B. Consistent
C. Predictable
D. Fair

7. Involve yourself in your child's EDUCATION. A. Communicate regularly with your child's teacher(s)
B. Make sure that your child is completing his or her homework each night.
C. Assist your child with his or her homework, but don't DO the homework.
D. Talk to your child each day about school (what is being studied, any interesting events,...etc.).
E. Recognize and acknowledge your child's academic achievements.

A. Spend quality time together.
B. Be approachable to your child.
C. Ask questions.
D. Know your child's friends..so that you'll know the kind of people they're associating with,
E. Communicate. Communicate. Communicate.

CNSL Afolabi Adelola Mariam
(Counseling Psychologist)

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