Parenting Is Like

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Parenting Is Like


MANILA, Philippines - Parenting is so unique and perhaps the reason why there is no professional course provided, only short-term enrichment courses, is because of its complex significance to humanity. No other role has the power to make a child successful or a failure.

Low grades, drop outs, rebellion, being different and all other negative indicators do not necessarily determine failure in a child's future. But a failed parenting that results to a hurt child can drastically affect a child's future. Hurt children, who do well as adults are miracles because somewhere along the way, some adult filled in the gap to be a better parent and inspiration to the hurt child.

What is parenting? Parenting is like a puzzle that takes a lifetime to solve. Why? Because children are different. Each case is unique.

Parenting is a combination of all the professional roles available. Lifetime units are needed to earn the role of a good parent and so many professional skills have to be employed in order to become a very good parent.

Parenting is like Gardening.

Every day is a task to nurture the child. The expert gardener knows when to prop the plant to stand straight or nip some leaves and branches in order for the young plant to grow nicely. The best gardener does not demand the plant to bloom at his/her leisure but waits patiently in faith for the plant to bloom in due time.

Parenting is like Art.

The artistic value of an art piece is on the amount of light that is applied. Art critics always seek the "value" of an art piece by studying the light and interplay of hues. A child's value depends on his/her enLIGHTenment. Brush daily strokes of light in your child's life so that s/he can grow as a remarkable contrast to the darkness around us. Watercolor is executed best with lots of water. A child will grow into a masterpiece if you refresh him/her with daily doses of water to quench his/her curious soul.

Parenting is like Architecture.

You have to have a blueprint, a master plan at the beginning. You have to envision what you plan and see the end result. A good architect wants to construct something beautiful yet stable, good inside and out. A child needs to self-construct in order to build his/herself.

Parenting is like Engineering.

Science is applied. Rearing a child should not be a guess work, a hit or miss affair (which is what usually happens). Parents often realize their mistakes once they see a hurt or faltering child. You plan and calculate in order to make things work. Math is involved in everyday life. Character building is like mathematics. Balance and logic are applied. Everything you do has to equate into something good.

Parenting is like Accounting.

You have to give account. Every investment will have its return. …

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