Children and family

Child raising

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Children are dependent on their parents and parents have primary responsibility for their children and for raising them. Children used to be considered ‘small adults’ and often had to work to contribute to the family’s income. It used to be common to live with extended family, but, nowadays, most children grow up in a nuclear family. Most children attend kindergarten and all children attend school from the age of six.

Ideas about child raising have changed through the years. Today, childhood is a time for play and learning and children are not subjected to the same demands as in the past. Parents want to spend much time together with their children and to learn as much as possible about what takes place in their child’s life when not together. That is why good cooperation between home and school or kindergarten is so important. Most parents also feel it is important to know their child’s friends and the friends’ parents.

Since children learn and experience a great deal outside the home, they are also influenced by society and their community. No parents have complete control over how their children develop and no child is an exact copy of his or her parent. Nonetheless, they usually wish to be good role models and show their children how to behave and respond in different situations.

Many parents also feel that raising a child can be difficult at times. If so, they can get advice from professionals, read books about special issues and find information online.