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What makes a "Good Parent"? What key attributes do good parents possess?

  1. J.S.Matthew profile image81
    J.S.Matthewposted 6 years ago

    What makes a "Good Parent"? What key attributes do good parents possess?

  2. roxanne459 profile image87
    roxanne459posted 6 years ago

    There are many different qualities that would qualify someone as a Good Parent. That being said, my personal experience has shown me that if someone has the courage to always put thier child's needs and welfare ahead of their own, they are a pretty darn good parent.

  3. KDF profile image73
    KDFposted 6 years ago

    Once you become a parent, you must acknowledge that your needs are secondary and that you set a lifetime goal of providing for your children. Strive to give them everything positive that you had as a youngster and more. Create a path and walk beside them as they grow. Be prepared for discussions and moments of truth both good and bad. As long as you can look yourself in the mirror every night and know that you gave it 100% you will be fine.
    Keep your eyes and ears open for them as well.
    Roxanne I agree with your post as well@
    Great Hub js and horgo

  4. jenntyl99 profile image86
    jenntyl99posted 6 years ago

    Good parents are supportive and encourage their children but at the same time they are consistent and fair with regards to discipline.  Having 4 kids has made me realize alot, including the struggles of raising kids in such a cruel world. 

    Good parents put their childrens' needs before their own and will be there to pick their children up when they fall.  All children are bound to make mistakes and if we as parents do not teach them when this happens, we essentially fail them.

  5. smzclark profile image60
    smzclarkposted 6 years ago

    A 'good parent' has happy children and if ever their child is not happy; a 'good parent' will know about it because their child will come turn to them.
    A good parent let's their child make mistakes.
    A good parent loves their child regardless and a good parents' child knows he/she is loved.

  6. dragnhaze profile image61
    dragnhazeposted 6 years ago

    What makes a good parent is a parent who realizes that their child is an individual who is new to the world and needs both parents who brought them into the world to make sure that their needs are met, their best interest and welfare is first in mind, to teach them about the world, society, life, limits, healthy relationships, and to help them develop into a responsible, prosperous, and individually empowered adult.  Making sure your child feels loved and not pressured to be something they are not, being supportive and encouraging as well as fair and consistent with every individual child in the family.

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    nikashi_designsposted 6 years ago

    In my opinion what makes a good parent is listening to what your kids are saying and finding time to be with them. Realize your child's strengths and weakness's and develop and strengthen those personality traits.

  8. horgo profile image58
    horgoposted 6 years ago

    Thanks for reading...
    Good parent is one who leaves a child to be a child, and one who own complex, unrealized and unfulfilled goals, not implemented in child.

  9. xethonxq profile image62
    xethonxqposted 6 years ago

    They are consistent, fair, loving, and engaging with their child.

  10. sandrafowke profile image58
    sandrafowkeposted 6 years ago

    Patience, tolerance, and a sense of humour XD

  11. Scott Stephenson profile image59
    Scott Stephensonposted 6 years ago

    I think a good parent realizes that the truths to right and wrong already lie within their children. The source of truth being amoral at best. Good parents will spend much time teaching their children how to connect to these truths as they relate to the world around them as well as how those truths relate too themselves. That is where I feel the focus of parenting should lie; defining the path to the enlightened mind. Defining things as right and wrong places limitations on your child’s freedom, development, and their trust in you as a parent. I think that’s why some kids get in so much trouble. They want something better but they just don’t know where to find it. I speak from my own experience here.

  12. CorieBarba profile image60
    CorieBarbaposted 6 years ago

    Good parents know exactly the extent as well as the limitations of what most people call "obligation." They know when to say yes and when to say no. They know their children from the top of their hair down to their toes, even if they have 12 children. They know when to listen and when to give advise.

  13. ikechiawazie profile image60
    ikechiawazieposted 6 years ago

    A good parent is one who directs his children in the right path without selfishness and ignorance.

  14. moonfairy profile image77
    moonfairyposted 6 years ago

    good question! My experience taught me that I needed to love, teach, nurture, protect, respect and to listen. One of the most important things I learned about being a parent is that even though I was the adult, I made mistakes...and saying I'm sorry was a very huge thing.

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    susanm23bposted 6 years ago

    I think one of the most important traits of a good parent is that they HAVE and SHOW unconditional love for their child/children.  Not love that is based upon good performance or bad performance but love that is steady and unwavering.  Times may come when a parent is not pleased with something a child does, but the love is still there--like a rock.  And the child knows this.

  16. RJ68 profile image60
    RJ68posted 6 years ago

    First of all - A parent should have love for their child.  A parent should be responsible and be an example for their children in a good way.  A parent should be honest and trustworthy. Parents should be supportive of their children and allow them to make their own mistakes as long as it doesn't cost them harm. I parent should be respectable and carry themselves like a parent.  I see too many parents that are childish acting/temper throwing and they wonder where their children pick it up.  I parent should be stable and offer security for their kids.

  17. thepathtohealthy profile image60
    thepathtohealthyposted 6 years ago

    I'm not a parent by any means, and I think this question really depends on the age your child is... because you can't be the same parent to your 2 year old like you could your 12 year old. I think the number one thing is letting your kids know they can talk to you no matter what. Of course protect them when you can, but if they can't talk to you, and you don't know what's going on in their lives, then you won't know them. I think not knowing your kids would be a horrible thing.

  18. sukena@gmail.com profile image37
    sukena@gmail.composted 6 years ago

    If children live with criticism, they learn to condemn.
    If children live with hostility, they learn to fight.
    If children live with fear, they learn to be apprehensive.
    If children live with pity, they learn to feel sorry for themselves.
    If children live with ridicule, they learn to feel shy.
    If children live with jealousy, they learn to feel envy.
    If children live with shame, they learn to feel guilty.
    If children live with encouragement, they learn confidence.
    If children live with tolerance, they learn patience.
    If children live with praise, they learn appreciation.
    If children live with acceptance, they learn to love.
    If children live with approval, they learn to like themselves.
    If children live with recognition, they learn it is good to have a goal.
    If children live with sharing, they learn generosity.
    If children live with honesty, they learn truthfulness.
    If children live with fairness, they learn justice.
    If children live with kindness and consideration, they learn respect.
    If children live with security, they learn to have faith in themselves and in those about them.
    If children live with friendliness, they learn the world is a nice place in which to live.
    by Dorothy Law Nolte

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    JMW38posted 9 months ago

    Knowing when to read between the lines, and when not too.
    Actually listening and hearing to what your child is saying.
    When your child knows something that you don't know, ask them to tell you more.
    Parents should always admit when they are wrong or have made a mistake, even to their children.
    Ask for your child's input about things that will affect the family, big or small.
    Never lie to your child.
    Give your child the same respect that you want from him, it goes both ways.
    Don't ever think that because you are the adult, you are better.
    Know when to let go, then, no matter how much it hurts you, let them go.
    They will come back.