What is Parenting?

Parenting is the raising of a child, a process from infancy to adulthood that shapes the emotional, physical, and intellectual health of a child. It is a lifelong role. As a parent, you must decide if you will raise your children by the same methods that you yourself were raised or if you will define your role as a parent in your own way.

Styles of parenting can vary widely, but there is agreement among psychologists about the success rates of some styles as compared with others.

Smart parenting is raising your child with love, care and guidance to be a happy and healthy individual.  Parents have the opportunity to teach children how to be successful in many ways.  Being a positive parent means creating a family environment that supports clear communication, clear expectations and good relationships with your children.

Parenting requires a healthy parent. When a parent takes care of their own health, they become a healthy role model for their children. Often a child will imitate what a parent does, so it is important for parents to eat well, exercise regularly, get regular medical and dental care, drive safely and get enough sleep.