Define Parenting

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Define Parenting
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Tue, 08-24-2010 - 4:36pm

Parents: what is your def. of parenting? Besides the obvious fact that 'parent' is also a person as well as an action. It's the actions I'm going for here.

SP's: Do you feel that any definitions of parenting fall to you ever? If so, what might they be?

Forgive me if this has been done to death.

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Registered: 09-09-2008
Tue, 08-24-2010 - 4:43pm

Parents: what is your def. of parenting? Besides the obvious fact that 'parent' is also a person as well as an action. It's the actions I'm going for here.


For me, as a BM, I am really easy. All the things that I consider important to *me* whether they be parenting or not, *I* make sure that *I* take care of.

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Tue, 08-24-2010 - 4:45pm
Caring for and teaching the kids that live in our home is parenting and yes it falls to me too.
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Tue, 08-24-2010 - 5:02pm

Academics, Medical, Dentist are my top three. ****

Medical and dentist fall to me as SM. Academics in the sense I help with homework and guidance and advice and the odd meeting with teacher too. DH goes if he is in town but can have a phone meeting now too.

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Tue, 08-24-2010 - 5:17pm
I think it's hard to define because parenting can be so many things, and look differently from one parent to the next. But overall it's probably best described as taking responsibility for raising children, and all behaviors that serve that purpose. Some of the individual tasks fall to me as a SM, mostly related to day and day out stuff, and mostly because I SAH. I take some responsibility for helping to raise them, but not full responsibility the way skids parents do. OTOH, dh does not take on much daily parenting when it comes to ODD, that's all me in this house, but he does take financial responsibility for her, she factors into all our plans and choices as a parenting team, and he does care about how she grows up, so he also has some of the parenting of her falling to him as well.

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Registered: 09-09-2008
Tue, 08-24-2010 - 5:24pm

Medical and dentist fall to me as SM.


Falls on me too, as SM.

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Tue, 08-24-2010 - 5:31pm

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That's close to what I'm thinking, but I think there is a level of not just taking the responsibily but

 


 


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Registered: 04-27-2010
Tue, 08-24-2010 - 6:05pm

SP's: Do you feel that any definitions of parenting fall to you ever? If so, what might they be?
Thankfully, not often.

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Tue, 08-24-2010 - 6:30pm

I define parenting mainly as teaching your children, shaping

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Tue, 08-24-2010 - 7:44pm

Would anyone consider "creating family memories" a parental role?

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Tue, 08-24-2010 - 10:55pm
I think SAM said it best...it's like porn, I can't define it but I know it when I see it...
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