What Makes a Parent Responsible?

Becoming a parent is not so difficult, but being a responsible parent involves knowledge and making appropriate decisions that are in the best interests of both you and your children. The following is a list of some parental responsibilities:  

  • Establishing paternity
  • Providing food
  • Providing identity
  • Providing parenting
  • Providing financial support
  • Providing education
  • Providing medical support
  • Providing morals
  • Establishing medical history
  • Providing values
  • Cooperative parenting
  • Providing clothing
  • Providing shelter
  • Providing time
  • Providing diapers
  • Providing crib
  • Providing guidance
  • Providing car seat
  • Providing medical care
  • Providing sheets
  • Providing family
  • Providing toys
  • Providing love

It is important that parental responsibilities include establishing paternity, providing an identity, and providing financial and medical support for children.

See Unit 3 for information on establishing paternity. Unit 5 provides information on providing financial and medical support for children.

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