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Parenting Philosophy

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Parenting Philosophy Every parent has his own personal philosophy of child rearing. Many issues are controversial because there are supporting facts to both opinions. One major issue in today's society is whether to breast or bottle feed an infant. Another difficult issue is how to discipline a child. Some parents believe that spanking in certain situations is acceptable, and some view it as child abuse. Many parents believe religion is an essential part of growing into a moral person, and many do not. Family meals are important to some families, and unnecessary to others. Another big controversy is placing a child in daycare. Some couples believe it is completely wrong for the mother to work outside the home. Other couples say that without two incomes, they would not make it financially. When I have a child, I will choose to breast feed him. I think it is very important to the infant's health. Colostrum, the fluid that comes in before the real milk, allows the baby to receive immunity to many infections, and also enables the infant to gain necessary weight faster than bottle-fed infants (Dr. Spock, 1998). In breast milk, eight percent of the cells are macrophages. Macrophages are cells that kill bacteria, fungi, and viruses (Complete Book of Breast Feeding, 1987). Breast feeding is much easier and more convenient, because it can be done at any time of the day, without preparation. ...read more.

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I do not think it is necessary to spank in every circumstance. I believe other means of discipline are necessary in many instances. The more a child is spanked, the less the spanking will mean ( To Spank Or Not To Spank, 1994). Time outs or reduced privileges can be very effective in some situations. I know that when I was a child, it upset me considerably to be put on restriction or have more chores for that week. Being disciplined taught me to not repeat misbehavior. I also think religion was a contributing part of my learning to not misbehave. I think religion is an important part of a child's nurturing. I plan to raise my child in a Baptist church. Religion will particularly impact my child's life because my husband plans to become a pastor. I believe raising my child in a loving, Christian environment will empower him to become a better person. We can teach him morals and values that he might not receive otherwise. The Holy Bible states "Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord" (Ephesians 6:4, New International Version). One very important aspect of religion that I want my child to gain, is to help the less fortunate. This will allow my child to realize how blessed he is, and how insignificant material possessions really are. If he were to simply watch television, he would be told that material possessions are all that make a person valuable. ...read more.

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I think home schooling is harmful too, because they do not learn how to socially interact with others. In public schools, there are kids from all different types of social, political, and religious backgrounds (Public Schools, 1997). This teaches a child to compromise with others. I believe public schools create a more well-rounded individual. My personal philosophy of child rearing includes a Christian influence within the home. I believe that it is very important to make God the center of the family. My goal is to rear my children in the will of God. I want to make all of my parenting decisions based on the best outcome for my child. I hope that is every parent's desire. Since I do not currently have children, my views on some issues may change in the future. Many parents would disagree with some or all of my opinions, but our unique upbringing is what makes us the individuals we are. Eiger, Marvin S. and Olds, Sally Wendkos, Eds. (1987). The Complete Book of Breast Feeding. New York: Workman Publishing Company. In Praise of Family Meals. (n.d.). Retrieved January 26, 2001 from the World Wide Web: http://www.parenting.com/parenting/archive.html. Personal Time. (1999). Retrieved on January 26, 2001 from the World Wide Web: http://www.time.com/time/personal/family.html. Public schools teach tolerance and free expression. (1997). Retrieved January 27, 2001 from the World Wide Web: http://www.miami.edu/com/workshop/1997/page11.htm. Rosemond, John. (1994). To Spank Or Not To Spank. Kansas City: Andrews and McMeel. Spock, Benjamin and Parker, Steven, Eds. (1998). Dr. Spock's Baby and Child Care. New York: Pocket Books. ...read more.

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