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Parenting has changed over the years with the increase of divorce rates and adoptions. While the definition might have changed, the importance of this role has not.

Parental Roles

This category used to be simple to define: a mother and a father. But the definition of a family has changed in recent years, causing the label of a “parent” to be a bit more inclusive. However, the roles and duties have not changed!

Loving and supporting a child is still the responsibility of a parental figure and will continue to be, even as the family unit continues to change in definition.

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What’s Changed?

The ideal family unit used to be a married couple and two children. But these days …

  • 1. Divorces have caused families to break into other segments with stepparents and stepchildren and half siblings.
  • 2. Children can also be adopted by couples, causing a differentiation between biological children and adoptive children.
  • 3. Foster parents play a vital role in the lives of children who are missing a stable home environment.
  • 4. Grandparents and other extended family might raise the child of a single mother or perhaps of a couple who isn’t ready for the committment of a child for one reason or another.
  • 5. And finally, but definitely not last in importance, single parents make up a large population of today’s family unit.

The family dynamic has changed for many reasons. These new family trees have begun to shift the idea of “family” into something much more inclusive – a fact that’s caused us to rethink the roles of parents in general.

What Hasn’t Changed?

1. The idea of being a parent is that you help your child grow up in a safe and secure environment.
2. You give them the tools they need to be healthy and well-adjusted adults, while also supporting them when they make less than desirable decisions.
3.  As a parent, you also educate them about the ways of life, and you expose them to higher learning involving social groups.

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By giving your child all of the opportunities to learn and grow as a person, you help them become a full-functioning member of society. That will never change.

Parenting hasn’t gotten harder in recent years, it’s just changed. While the tasks are the same and the goals are still in tact, the definition of a “parent” has become less clear. But does it really matter?