Parenting can be satisfying and fulfilling. But it can also be difficult and time-consuming. Parents must tend to an infant or child’s daily needs. They are also responsible for helping each of their children develop life skills. These skills include daily living skills, social skills, and appropriate behaviors. Parents with more than one child must account for the personalities of each, as well.
The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development states parents are generally responsible for:
- Keeping children safe
- Listening to children and spending time with them
- Providing affection, order, and consistency
- Setting and enforcing limits for children
- Monitoring friendships children make
- Seeking help for any medical or behavioral concerns
New parents, overwhelmed parents, and parents facing mental health conditions may benefit from the support of a mental health professional. A therapist or counselor can help parents through difficult situations or behavioral concerns.