This past week’s events have been heartbreaking. The losses of those people in Florida are devastating. My heart goes out to all those that are affected by the shooting.
My Responsibilities As a Parent
As I think about the heartbreaking event that happened this past week, I can’t help but think about how it affects me as a parent. I think about the responsibilities I have as a parent to my three children. The obvious things I am responsible for are to provide food, shelter, clothing, and love. But there are other ways I am responsible for them.
I am responsible for what type of person they are and who they will become. For me, this means teaching them how to be respectful of all people. It means I need to teach them kindness and honesty even in situations where those things are hard to do. I am responsible for how they treat others and teaching them when they have been wrong in their actions, not only what was wrong but how they should have done it better.
As their parent I am responsible for knowing them. I must know who their friends are, how their day went, and what they did. I must know if they had a good or bad day or if something happened. I am responsible for what they read in books or magazines, what they watch on television or the games they play. All of these things can affect their lives which I am responsible for. As their parent I am responsible for keeping the healthy and safe. I believe that this means knowing everything about them. My kids have no privacy when it comes to their lives.
I say this because it is my job to protect them and guide them. I must guide them through all stages of life. From babies to adulthood. Teaching them the skills they need to live an honest life. As they enter adulthood I will still be by their side to teach them and support them into their new stage of life. They will be new to this freedom, so I need to help them through as they need me.
As their parent I will have an open door policy which means they can always come to me, whenever they need me. As they grow I will be there to guide, love, and support them. No this doesn’t mean that I will baby my children all along the way but it does mean that I will be there for them to answer questions, to listen to their problems, and show them the way. Life is hard to navigate at times. As an adult I struggle at times with how this world is. I believe that my children look to me for guidance and to learn about the world.
This past week’s tragedies has me thinking about how I can make my children be the best that they can in this world. How to keep them safe and teach them how to handle situations in life. It makes me ask myself, “Am I keeping up with my responsibilites? Or am I failing to support them the way I should?”
**Disclaimer: This post is not putting blame on anyone for this past week’s events. As we go through life, hearing about multiple tragedies to our youth, I can’t help but think about the above responsibilites. I have three children whom are my world and I do not want to become another statistic of tragedies in this world. Between sexual assault, suicide, violence, and other crimes, I feel like it is my responsibilty as their parent to teach them right from wrong, about good and evil. As well as teach them that I am here for them no matter what.