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Before discussing a few learning theories and the theorists behind them, I would like to look at the definition of parenting. “Parenting is a process of action and interaction between parent and child; it is a process in which both parties change each other as children grow to adulthood. Society…provides supports and stresses for parents and children and can change in response to the needs and actions of parents and children” (Brooks, 2011). For some real parent blogs on different topics parents face and the concerns parents have every day click “goose eggs and bad parenting” and click “warrior mom.”

Parenting, just like running a country?

Parents are also required to have an ongoing relationship with their child and provide material resources such as food, clothing and shelter (Brooks, 2011). “Intellectual and moral education, responsible discipline, avoiding injurious and cruel criticism and harmful physical punishment” (Brooks, 2011) are large parts of parenting. In Children’s Conceptualisation(s) of Their Well-Being, researchers found that “adequate physical shelter and home environments that are stable reference points are important to children’s well-being. Some children described how physical environments made them feel happy” (Fattore, Mason, & Watson, 2007). Having a sense of home was crucial to children’s ideas and feelings of well-being. Fattore et al. (2007) describe the importance of family and home as,

“Home has several characteristics – it is a place defined through family; it is a place you receive basic care; it is a place where you can relax and be yourself; it is a place where you have your possessions and hopefully a place where you can have fun; ideally it is a place where you have space to do internal work and feel secure. The relationship context is crucial in whether activities lead to a sense of well-being. For example, some children discussed the importance of supportive adults for helping them learn new things and ‘develop’. Supportive adults are described as managing appropriate exposure to risk, creating a balance between the child feeling secure in learning something new/taking the risk and being able to exert agency within secure parameters.” This next clip shows children giving their own personal definition of what home means to them.

Strong relationships with adults provided children with a sense of security giving them a sense of confidence to exert agency (Fattore et al., 2007). Families and parents are so extremely influential on the lives on their young child and as we can see, children rely on their sense of family and love as it gives them a sense of well-being and security.

Brooks, J. (2011) The Process of Parenting (8th ed.). Toronto, ON: McGraw-Hill.

Fattore, T., Mason, J., & Watson, E. (2007). Children’s Conceptualisation(s) of Their Well-Being. Social Indicators Research, 80 (1), 5-29. Retrieved January 22, 2013, from the JSTOR database.