Contemporary Parenthood. The Meaning of Mother and Father in the Child’s Life Cover Image

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Contemporary Parenthood. The Meaning of Mother and Father in the Child’s Life

Author(s): Maja Piotrowska
Subject(s): History, Social Sciences, Sociology, Family and social welfare
Published by: Zakład Historii Edukacji w Instytucie Pedagogiki Uniwersytetu Wrocławskiego
Keywords: family; mother; father; Contemporary Parenthood; personality development

Summary/Abstract: The role of both parents is essential in the proper development of the child’s personality. Closeness, warmth, directness and the intimacy of parents-children relationship, enable the proper formation of the child’s personality; an individual who is able to love and make warm and permanent contacts with other people. The family is the cradle of personality development of each child born to this world. It is on the basis of family that enables the child to form speech, language, emotions and attitudes towards the people closest to it and to the surrounding world. The family introduces the child to the world of culture and prepares him for participation in social life. Parenthood is of more importance in today's consciousness. Children are perceived not as “a gift from God”, but rather as “planned or expected children”. Responsible parenthood means acquiring the skills for the reorienting of the parents’ life, and the effort of self-control and to be on the alert in accompanying the childin his growing up. Active parental presence at every stage of the child’s development enables it to complete the required tasks and gain the upper level of maturity. Parents are obliged to do a lot more than just to welcome the child to this world. Mature parenthood demands patience, engagement and attention but most importantly immense love and devotion which are missing when it comes to contemporary parents “embedded” in “Fast culture”.

  • Issue Year: X/2014
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 385-398
  • Page Count: 14
  • Language: English, Polish