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The Challenges and Rewards of Parenting

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Parenting has always been a challenge, but it is especially challenging in today's world. Many parents find it increasingly hard to balance the demands that a career and homeownership take on them and often they don't know where to turn for advice. The first thing they need to understand is that they are not alone. Parenting is more than just a job because parents are never off of the clock. It is a challenge for everyone, more challenging than any kind of career. But the rewards are greater then just about anything that can be experienced in life.

Your job as a parent is to provide your children with the structure and direction they need to live up to their potential. To do this takes patience and understanding. Each child can be likened to a growing tree. Think of this tree as the centerpiece to your garden. A centerpiece is the one thing around which everything else in the garden is meant to showcase and compliment. If left on to grow on its own with little direction, it wouldn't really be anything to be proud of. The tree could spread itself too far, potentially keeping it from developing a solid root system. The leaves may not be as healthy as they should be or the limbs may be droopy. Basically it becomes a mess. With direction and care, a tree can grow to incredible heights, far surpassing what we thought possible. Understanding the tree will help a caretaker to know in what areas to allow nature to take its course and to know when ...

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