Parent or a Glorified Babysitter!
Like many, I grew up in a single parent home and I am a product of divorce. I was the keep the family together baby that didn't work according to plan! Lol! Therefore I was an extra child to a family who had their perfect pair, a boy and a girl! Moreover, only one parent would be taking care of these 3 little kids and it wasn't my father.
I realize that co-parenting is a new terminology used to communicates 2 parents not in a relationship raising a child they have created. Whether it's court ordered or worked out through the parents. I know many men and women who are in this situation and it's working for some but not for others because they can't manage to get past their failed relationship to raise their children who didn't ask to be here. I become frustrated when children suffers from the immaturity of the parents because everyone loses out when this transpire. I think all parents should do whatever they need to do to make sure their child(ren) are raised properly no matter how you may feel about one another.
Parenting is such a selfless job! You sacrifice your freedom amongst many other things to raise a life and somehow share them with society. Hopefully they are an asset and not an liability for society. I think many of our children are losing their lives because they are being raised by 1 responsible parent and not 2 active parents! Somewhere there's an imbalance and something needs to be done to balance the equation.
Some of us want the title of parent but not willing to do your part that comes with that title. I can't expect my kids to call me momma when I'm not demonstrating to them motherly like qualities. We want respect, creaminess, maturity, etc, but we are demanding these things from our kids that we have not shown them ourselves. If we want better children, we have to make parenting a priority!
We need more parents that are willing to raise our own kids rather than letting the streets, TV, nannies, etc raise our kids. Parents there's a need for you to step up and finish the job in which you started! I understand that raising a child let alone children can be stressful and overwhelming at times, but that's what Grandmas are for. Lol! We have to show our kids that they are very important to us and that they are loved.
My question to you is are you a parent or a glorified babysitter!