society in which parenting is a valued occupation undertaken only
by prepared adults will help assure that every child is
well nurtured, emotionally healthy, and capable of reaching his
or her full potential.
well-prepared parenting builds a foundation for better mental
health in future generations.
who have learned empathy and nurturing skills are less violent
and less likely to become abusive parents.
nurturing skills are crucial to their children’s positive
early development. Approximately 30 percent of American children
suffer from inadequate emotional care.
A 1998 University of Minnesota parent-child study showed that
children who did not have early sensitive care were at higher
risk for difficulties in forming peer relationships, had behavior
problems as preschoolers and young teens, had lower educational
achievement and were more likely to need special education.
and toddler abuse and neglect can cause permanent neurological
damage that impairs children’s abilities to concentrate,
to reason, to control their impulses, to empathize with others
the responsibilities of effective parenting encourages teens to
postpone this demanding role.
High rates of teenage pregnancy are clearly linked to increased
poverty, child abuse and neglect, violence, and other problems
for children and society.
and girls are learning less about parenting from their own families.
When both parents work, or there is only one parent, much of the
raising of younger children may happen outside the home. Absent
fathers often do little to serve as a positive fathering role
model to young boys.
and emotional literacy improve learning by creating caring classroom
and loving parents can unintentionally do harm to a child if they
are not well informed about human development and relationship skills,
infant and child care issues like proper nutrition and constructive
discipline, or if they are unaware of safety hazards and potentially
negative environmental and social influences.
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