6 Critical Questions Every Parent Should Answer

Parenting Advice – 6 Critical Questions Every Parent Should Answer

Dawn L Billings is the author of over 20 books and hundreds of articles on parenting, relationships, entitlement and networking and an ardent advocate for womens and children's issues. Dawn is the creator of the new parenting toy/tool called Capables.

I am convinced that we do not begin to understand how rough it is to be parents until we become parents ourselves.

Parenting is a tough job, without a doubt--the greatest experience I have ever had, but still, parts of parenting are really tough.

While parenting has always been challenging, it seems that parenting today is tougher. There are so many influences flooding the hearts and minds of our children from very early ages. I believe parenting is more difficult because we are raising our kids in a far different world than our parents raised us, or their parents raised them. For the most part, our parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents had a pretty good parenting guide set out for them simply because of what a family needed to do to survive. Children helped with farms, and worked hard from an early age. We didn’t have to teach contribution, responsibility, teamwork because life insisted them if families were to survive.

In addition, previous generations of parents parented as family units and communities. It was not uncommon for Mrs. Brady, Mrs. Craddock or Mrs. Spencer, or any mother down the street to have their watchful eyes on any inappropriate action. Every parent felt a responsibility for the children on their block and all eyes were watching all children. Today, we are more isolated in our neighborhoods. Many people do not know their neighbors. Our mobile society and high rate of single parenthood have destroyed the support system of yesteryear. In our electronic age we do not lack for parenting advice and parenting tips, but it is confusing to pick and choose from the myriad of “helpful hints”. What works and what doesn’t? How can you know what is best for your child? Whenever the parenting choices get too tough then boil it down in importance by asking yourself one of these three key parenting questions.

As I stated earlier, I believe that one of the keys to being a great parent is keeping your eyes on the prize. Know what the end goal for your child is. Think about what kind of man or woman you want your son or daughter to become, and with that goal in the forefront of your mind, make your parenting decisions. If you focus on being a good role model, preparing your child for adulthood by teaching them critical life skills, and providing a solid foundation of values on which they can stand then chances are excellent that they will grow up to live the greatest dreams they can dream for themselves and in doing so, they will fulfill your greatest dreams for them as well.

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Dawn L Billings is the author of over 20 books and hundreds of articles on parenting, relationships, entitlement and networking and an ardent advocate for womens and children's issues. Dawn is the creator of the new parenting toy/tool called Capables. And CEO and Founder of The Heart Link Womens Network, Trova Women Business Directory and Trova Small Business Directory, The Heart Alliance.com international women's networking organization and online community. In 2008 Dawn was selected by Oprah Magazine and The White House project as one of 80 emerging women leaders in the nation. Find out more and buy Dawn's books To learn more about women networking check out our videos