Monday, July 13, 2015

Rob: The Oath of the Good Parent

The Oath of the Good Parent

As I stand, or sit before you on this solemn occasion, I (insert name) swear by (insert preference) to perform all the required elements necessary to be a good parent.

In addition to agreeing to provide the basic creature comforts for my children, I am committing to establish a loving, safe environment to raise said children. The boundaries of my parental responsibilities shall not be limited by financial means, but rather, shall be set by time, love and capacity.

In committing to this oath, I am committing to put the needs of my family before my own and in doing so, I am aware that this will require sacrifice. In making this commitment, I understand that there will be times that my own desires may need to be surpassed for the good of my children, but also times when satisfying my own needs must come first.

I promise to be a positive influence in the lives of my children and to the best of my abilities, ensure their successes. I promise to be an interested and engaged parent who not only participates but also facilitates. 

I swear to make the difficult decisions. I also swear, unless absolutely required, not to make rash decisions without consultation. I further endeavor to take the time to discuss, review and make decisions as a family, if and when possible. 

As a parent, new or old, I agree to provide sound advice, whether merely requested or actually needed. Conversely, I recognize that there will be times when I need to seek advice from those around me to ensure I am equipped with the appropriate knowledge speak to my children effectively.

In my commitment to this oath, I am aware that the benefits of parenthood far outweigh any challenges, hurdles or burdens which may be encountered.  As a parent, I promise to face the challenges, eliminate the hurdles and carry the burdens to the best of my ability, understanding that I may need to seek help when I'm overwhelmed.   

In agreeing to this oath, I fully understand that my responsibilities as a parent do not end when my children are grown and will continue in perpetuity.  Additionally, these responsibilities can be transferred to the children of my children as and when requested, but will be limited only to those agreed upon.

As I complete this oath, I am recognizing the importance of the responsibility which has been thrust upon me.  Whether by chance or by choice, in becoming a parent, I acknowledge, embrace and agree to the above mentioned duties. 



   

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13 comments:

  1. How beautiful. What parent wouldn't stand with their hand on their heart and repeat that?

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    1. Thank you. I wanted to capture the spirit of parenthood.

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  2. A great oath for us parents to take, I'd happily swear it daily to my kids :)

    Thanks for linking up with #dadpostoftheweek

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    1. Thanks. It's a bit more serious than a lot of what I write but some things are serious I guess.

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  3. Lovely post. and as mentioned in the comments above, a great oath for parents to make to their children.
    Thank you for linking up to #AnythingGoes :)
    Debbie
    www.myrandommusings.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Debbie. I really enjoy reading your posts.

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  4. That's awesome! Your kids are lucky to have you. I would need to add 'Even when they continually pee on the floor' to my oath :) #wineandboobs

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    1. Too funny and thank you for reading. Appreciate the support and thanks for the read.

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  5. Love it. I espescially love thebit about recognising you may need to seek advice. Great oat (spotted this on When the dust settles dad blog post linky).

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    1. Thanks John. It's so true. We can all be good parents but we have to recognize when we need help and guidance. Appreciate the read.

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  6. Great oath. I'm in :) #bigfatlinky

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