happy familyHow will you raise your child?  Your approach to parenting will be influenced by many factors, including how you were raised, how your acquaintances raise their children, and the importance you place on parenting.  Your personality and that of your child will also shape your parenting style.  Some children are compliant and “easy,” others are more defiant and require more effort to train.  Like any endeavor, the more effort you invest, the greater the reward.

The American College of Pediatricians has developed this parenting section to encourage and equip parents to assume the role that is rightly theirs.  

Lead Your Children to Good Health and High Character

Parenting is a high calling which, unlike most endeavors in life, has significant, long-lasting effects upon the life of a child and even upon those touched by that child throughout his or her life.  Parents must not be mere observers of their child, but active participants in all aspects of his or her life.  Optimal child-rearing requires a willingness and commitment from the parent to lead the child to competence and character.   This means that, as much as possible, parents should assume the primary care of their child, not expecting others to do this job for them, such as relatives, babysitters, and daycare, school, or government after-school programs.

Parenting involves providing discipline or guidance for the child.  For a detailed explanation of this process and its practical application, visit: Responsible Discipline.

There is no shortage of parenting manuals available today, but few are backed by research or evidence of success.  The advice promoted in this section is based upon a time-tested, research-proven approach called Authoritative Parenting.

Parents should lead their children, not merely provide or facilitate for them.  Here are primary areas in which parents should lead: Lead Your Child to Good Health.

The Family unit is fundamental to the success or failure of child rearing.  The College has developed the Family Cycle to demonstrate the importance of every aspect of childrearing and the perpetuating effects of the process.

Central to the effectiveness of the Family is the health of the marriage.  Visit Marriage Matters to learn more.

Crucial to the health and well-being of adolescents and young adults is developing a responsible approach to sexual activity.  Visit Sexual Activity Among Youth for more information.

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