Hm, 1st comment. *places ideas* To teach, socialize, provide for, protect, prepare, and love. Also, if the situation is one involving the plural, parents, then their job also entails working together as equal partners (excluding special circumstances, such as injury)
Being a parent is dedicating a huge part of your life to guide a child through the hardest part of their life with the knowledge that you may never get anything back in return. Children and teenagers are expensive, mouthy and occasionally ungrateful beings that might night live up to all expectations. Though I'm not a parent, I can still understand the incredible victorious moments when your own child accomplishes great things, even something as little as a first step. So maybe all those years of dedication can mean the world, and maybe a parent will not realize that until the thousands of dollars invested into this person over 18+ years pays off when you see them as a parent many years down the road.
Although this can be approached from various viewpoints, the job of a parent essentially through a general sense is to ensure the success and survival of the next generation of offspring. Of course, humans tend to be a little more broad in their raising of children. Instinctively, most of us will do whatever possible to heighten our children to their potential, and so being a parent can mean a lot more than simply kick-starting children.
I think that the job of a parent is very much like the role of a gardener. To nurture, guide,and generally care for and look after their plants, or children. It also must require an extreme amount of patience. Children must be allowed to grow their own way, develop their own paths, with parents near by and monitoring ready to step in when the child needs help. Parents should never smother their kids. I think the job of a parent is to teach their child morals and rules. Perhaps the most important job of being a parent though is supporting your child in his or her own interests and ambitions. This is especially important when the child's interests differ greatly from their parents'.
The ability to have children is not enough to make someone a parent. A parent should care for and protect their child in all aspects of life. A parent is given the difficult task of taking a small child and preparing it for the adult world. However a child needs more than just to be cared for and to be allowed to grow up; a child needs love. Along with love I feel a child also deserves to have a happy childhood and a good family life as much as possible. Of course a parent can't shelter their child from all the bad things in the world, so a child should be allowed to grow, learn, and make mistakes by themselves. At the end of the day a parent should always be their to welcome the child home, whether their 13 or 30
Pass on the genes.
Honestly though you're not wrong. Yes, parenting is taking care of a child and helping them grow, but all you need to do to actually qualify as a parent in today's society is have a child. Today people will raise a child with love and help them grow more then the child's real parents ever did, yet we don't call these people "the child's parents," we call them "guardians", "grandparents" or "aunts and uncles". The title of "parent" is almost always reserved for the biological parents of a child, even if they didn't do a good job.
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