The Act states that all parents must take the responsibilities and duties of parenthood towards their children. Parents are obliged to take care of their children even in times of sickness or old age. In order to be considered as responsible, parents must ensure that they provide their children with education, guidance, health, and shelter. These are all the basic services that a child needs to survive.
This responsibility is also imposed on parents. Parents should take good care of their children and ensure that they remain well balanced emotionally and physically. A balanced emotional balance implies that both parents have managed to take care of their children’s emotional well being. A physically fit parent can better take care of his or her children than one who is emotionally unstable. In other words, both parents must be emotionally stable in order to make the right decision regarding the upbringing of their children.
The Education Of His Or Her Children
One of the major activities that a responsible parent should be involved in is the education of his or her children. Education ensures that children acquire knowledge and skills which are necessary for their future. A good place to start in this regard is early childhood. This is where the beginning of all educational interventions takes place. Early childhood education ensures that children acquire critical thinking, socialization, communication skills, as well as basic life skills which are necessary for their development.
The concept of parental responsibility was further developed to include the educational aspects of the child from birth to the end of adolescence. This has ensured that children receive an excellent start in life and get the necessary foundation to enable them to become responsible citizens when they grow up. The primary objective behind the establishment of the Parental Responsibility Act is to ensure that children are provided with the best possible support in these crucial years.
Promote Healthy Relationships Between Children And Parents
Many argue that the best possible support starts from conception and hence it is the responsibility of the parents to ensure that their children have access to the right type of information at these developmental stages. The aim of the Parental Responsibility Act is to promote healthy relationships between children and parents by making sure that children are provided with the information and resources required by them in this crucial period in their lives.
The Parental Responsibility Act sets aside provisions for private schools and other independent institutions offering education to children without any government regulation. The schools and other institutions offering education in private are not required to register under the act. Parents must, however, register their children with proper authentication so that the government can contact them in case of any action relating to the children. Private schools may also be accredited by the government and parents may seek accreditation for their children as well.
Building Up The Child’s Self-Esteem
The primary objective of the Parental Responsibility Act is to promote responsible parenting in the home and hence parents must ensure that their children follow this. This means that parents must not only impart moral values to their children but also instill practical values such as self-discipline, confidence, respect, honesty, punctuality.
A good example of a practical value would be to make sure that your child does his homework within the set time frame and arrives home ready for school. This would help in building up the child’s self-esteem and would encourage him to do well in school. However, if the parents fail to impart these values to their children, the Parental Responsibility Act clearly states that the parents shall bear the responsibility for such shortcomings.
Building Up The Child’s Self-Esteem
There are some activities that are strongly recommended by the Act and parents who take their children for such activities should ensure that they comply with the guidelines provided. These activities include sports and other physical activities; outdoor activities; riding, diving or any other water-based sport; gardening, reading, attending seminars or educational shows; and interacting with or learning from children from other cultures, among other activities.
All these activities help in promoting good communication skills, socialization, self-confidence and punctuality in children. One important aspect of the Act is that the parents must ensure that their children are in a good position to receive the required education irrespective of the economic status or the parents’ employment status.
The parents must not let their children attend schools, colleges or any other educational institution if they don’t have the means to finance their attendance. In addition, they must also ensure that their children maintain good relationships with their peers and develop healthy competition among them to encourage social norms.