The Challenges and Rewards of Being a Parent

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When it comes to being a parent, there are no definitive guidelines that are suitable for everyone. It is in no way a case of ‘one size fits all’ because each parent and each child is completely different. Whether people become a parent through careful planning, adoption, a pleasant surprise or even when they decide to foster a child, every situation is different. Regardless of what way they arrive at this wonderful life event, there are still a number of themes with parenting which are the same for every parent no matter the scenario they are in. There are certainly going to be some challenges faced along the way, but it should also be remembered that there will be a number of joyful rewards which will be experienced along the way too.

Personal Gratification

Raising a child up until the point where they become a well-adjusted adult who can care for themselves is certainly a task which requires a lot of work, and one of the rewards of this that it can be extremely gratifying. This can come through assisting your children in learning a new skill – no matter how difficult – and watching them learn from your advice. When they are younger this can be something as simple as teaching them how to tie their shoe laces or wash their hands properly. Then as they get older the type of advice given can be something which will help them in their later life, such as how to pick the right friends or manage their finances properly. The pride that you will feel as a parent when you see child learning from your advice and become a better person as a result will give you a huge amount of personal gratification.

Emotional Connection

The emotional connection that you will have with your child is one that is truly like no other, this is because your child is a part of you and you will develop an unconditional love for them. Your child is completely reliant on you form an early age and studies show that this type of connection is unseen in any other type of relationship. Then as you both grow older, you will spend more time together and advice given will make the connection you have with your child even stronger.

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Relating with Your Child

This is one of the challenges you will be likely to face with your child as they start to enter their teenage years. For many children this that point in their life when their parents no longer seem ‘cool’ and they are starting to adapt and engage with the culture around them. The activities you once you used to enjoy with your child may no longer satisfy them and this can make it difficult to relate with them. If you find yourself facing this type of challenge, the advice would be to try and see what your child is now interested in and adapt your interests so that you can still relate with them. This can be through watching the same type of sports they do or offering to go to the cinema with them to see the movie they are wanting to watch.

Sibling Rivalry

If you are a parent who chooses to have multiple children, then a common challenge you’ll have to endure is the battle of sibling rivalry. Your children can have conflict between them for multiple reasons, it may be that they are simply vying for your attention as the parent or it could be down to something petty such as wanting the best spot on the sofa. The best way to overcome this type of thing is to try to teach your children from a young age that they are both equally as important to you and for any issues which can arise around your home – teach them to share and to take things in turn.

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22 thoughts on “The Challenges and Rewards of Being a Parent

  1. It is a way of life, for sure. It can be heartbreaking, too, for parents whose child has fallen into crime, or drug abuse, etc. You have to go into it knowing it might not turn out to be like a Normal Rockwell painting.

  2. After shedding some tears, I made it through your read. There are so many challenges to being a parent but the payoff is amazing. I’ve never known a love like this ever before. We are praying for #2, before I get too old, but for now, I am enjoying being the mommy to an amazing little girl. <3

  3. I love being a parent to two wonderful young ladies. My husband works odd hours so it has pretty much just been me showing them right from wrong. However, seeing the beautiful ans bight young ladies they have grown into makes my heart full and happy.

    Parenting is hard, but it’s very rewarding.

  4. This post really resonated with me – especially being proud of my son who has left home and doing so well on my advice. Entering the teenage years with my second son was nothing like my first – and with 4 boys there was always going to be sibling rivalry wasn’t there – but I like how you suggest to deal with each scenario.

  5. It is amazing how fast the time goes by. My kids went through a lot of sibling rivalry what are the best of friends now. Parenting has its challenges but it is worth it all in the end.

  6. Parenting isn’t easy. I do feel very blessed by my children. I love them with all my being even when they aren’t behaving. I can’t wait to hold grand-babies one of these days too.

  7. This is such a great post. I have two daughters at the ages of 6 and 7. Parenting can definitely be a challenge at times, but I love it.

  8. Sibling rivary has been an issue here! I think it’s just the multiple snow days and they just need space! A side from that we have done a lot of family things together the past few days and it’s been wonderful!

  9. I’m not a parent. I’m an aunt to a niece & two nephews who spend about 4 days a week here (after school or on weekends, when their parents work.) The boys are driving everyone nuts with their arguing. But, I know my little brother (their Dad) & I did the same thing growing up. Usually, I feel like I should apologize to Mom for how we must have driven her batty!

  10. What a good post and nice topic, Being a parent was really a hard job that you can’t leave or resign it but I love the fact that I’m so bless to have a two boys such a perfect gift for me.

  11. There are definitely some challenges. There were even some days when I didn’t even like my kids. For me, it was the middle school years that were the most difficult. They were trying to establish themselves as independent and separate from me. By the time each of them reached high school, they were back to their normal loving selves.

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