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The role of mothers in parenting cannot be over-emphasized. Mothers are gifts to humanity, as they play several roles. Especially present day mothers, who have to juggle career with family life, it can be quite tasking.

A major role of a mother in parenting is to nurture the child. Like the father, a mother is also a nurturer (read Parenting 3). Only that in the case of a mother, she nurtures the child by feeding, ensuring that the nutritional needs of the child is met. This is why women would sacrifice anything to ensure their children eat. She also ensures that the child is well clothed. She equally nurtures the child with values.

Another role of a mother is companionship. It is unarguable that most mothers spend more time with their children than the fathers. This creates bonding and sense of love for the children. Such children grow up to become loving and lovable people. Any child deprived of motherly love and time usually ends up being difficult to relate with. This is one of the reasons for breakups in relationships and marriages, when one or two unloved adults meet, there will likely be issues relating with each other.

Mothers also pay the role of teachers. They teach their children almost everything, from school homework to how to wear shoes. This role is meant to be complemented by fathers, so that the values being taught can be reinforced. Children are quick to see through the vulnerability of mothers, and might sometimes disobey the instructions of mothers, but when the father reinforces that instruction, the children tend to fall in line.

Mothers also acts as guides and counsellors for the children. As children grow up into adolescents, mothers help them to understand the changes happening in their bodies and how to deal with such changes. Children that lack this guidance end up experimenting and sometimes becomes victims of drug abuse, teenage pregnancy and might even end up with juvenile delinquencies.

Mothers also help to provide balance in the home. They are like glue that holds everything together when all threatens to break lose. They calm the nerves of fathers, provide warm embrace for children when they have been hurt while suppressing their own emotional needs just to ensure everyone is fine.

It is a Herculean task being a mother in present times. Managing work challenges and family life can be very demanding, yet most women are doing quite a good job at this.

This is perhaps why Proverbs 31 is dedicated to the Virtuous woman. “She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.” Proverbs 31:27.

When a woman has to combine her role and that of the father, it comes with a lot of challenges and could leave the children half-formed in character. This is also the case with a single father. We will deep dive into this when we look at the challenges of single parenting.

We will round up on the roles of mothers in parenting next week and then proceed to single parenting.

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Apologies for my absence last week, I had a very hectic weekend/Monday and could not get down to write. All things being equal, we will round up this series this year before I take a break.

Concluding on the role of the father, one other major role of a father is to provide leadership.

To lead means to chart path for others to follow. Leaders are best known for their actions and not what they say. Leaders set examples for others to follow, likewise fathers lead their children by the examples they set.

No matter how much you advise or counsel your children, they will follow more of what you do than what you say. It is far easier to lead with examples than to try to coerce children to obey. Fathers who curse or yell at others will likely raise abusive children.

Fathers’ leadership role is not only for the children but for the entire family. Fathers take initiatives. Just like the head determines where the body will go, fathers determine what becomes of their families.

If your family is not what you want it to be, you are probably failing in one area or the other as a father, because the buck stops at your table.

Lead your children with good examples. Lead in words and match it with your deeds. Lead them to excel by making effort to excel at whatever you do. Lead them by walking with them in their turbulent teenage years. If you are not there during their teenage,you would have missed a great opportunity to forge them into strong characters.

Do not be a father figure only, be a father indeed! Fathers do the grunt work, they are the executors. Be involved with your children.

Next week, we will discuss the roles of mothers and then look at Single Parenting and the pitfalls to avoid in marriage.

Happy New Month and welcome to the Yuletide Season.

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The role of providing can be described as one of the most important roles of a father. This role defines a Man and enunciates the importance of fathers in our society.

The father is primarily responsible for providing for the financial and material needs of the family. Providing for the wife and children is a man most important duty. In fact, the bible describe a Man that fails to provide for his family as worse than infidel. An infidel is an unbeliever, and infidels rarely enjoy special privileges from God. It means a man who refuses to provide for his family will not enjoy the favour of God.

The reason why God frowns at such person is because, the man is responsible for making a woman leave the comfort of her parent’s home to adopt him as her new father and husband. In the same vein, the man is responsible for putting her in family way, and also for bringing the children into the world.

Why would a Man then shirk his responsibility of providing for his family? God blesses every man making effort to meet the family’s need.

Some men have left this duty to their wives and even children, leading the children into wayward lifestyle, while such men even demand from their children. This is totally unacceptable in God’s sight and it is a social misnomer. Some of the prostitutes and young men involved in fraudulent activities are products of irresponsible fathers. This is the more reason fathers must understand their roles and play them well.

If you are a father, you need to understand that your success or failure as a father has significant impact on our society. If you raise good children, the society will be better off, and if otherwise, the society will be the victim.

We will round up on the roles of a father next week and start looking at the roles of a mother. My charge to all fathers is to ensure we raise great children.

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In the past three weeks, we have been discussing the roles of a father in parenting. Never has our society needed true and genuine fathers than now. Our nation is in dire need of role models, leaders who can lead the nation to greater heights, leaders who can guide our youths on the right path and leaders who can shape the destinies of our toddlers and teenagers.

Hence discussing about fathers for this long is not out of place. While mothers are caring and can easily provide emotional support, fathers are the ones who instil discipline in the children. Children tend to fear and obey fathers more than they do for mothers. Fathers are firm and tend to assert authority, which help to keep children in track.

When fathers leave this role to mothers, the children tend to go astray, stretching the capabilities of mothers. This is why most men raised by single mothers tend to either be too soft or too hard, depending on which of the extremes their mothers bent towards.

In the same vein, fathers carry a sense of justice and are able to judge rightly without being emotionally biased. Although this sense of justice can sometimes be influenced by financial inducements or sexual enticements from the opposite sex, which is where women are sometimes better.

In parenting, children always look up to fathers to judge fairly. When fathers fail in this role, children are likely to grow up with trust issues, and always looking for ways to buy justice. This is the more reason fathers must demonstrate equity, fairness and justice when dealing with their children. The impression we create in children can have either positive or negative impact on their character.

Fathers are also looked up to for protection. They are meant to provide protection against physical assault, emotional and psychological abuse, as well as security for the family. There is a sense of security that children have when their fathers are around. Absence of a father figure can sometimes cause insecurity in the children. Abusive fathers can also damage the psyche of the children and mother, setting into motion a cycle of bitterness and abuse.

We will continue on the subject next week. Enjoy your week.

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My sincere apologies for missing last week broadcast, I had a very busy schedule. We will continue on the sub-topic of ‘Who is a father?’

We have discussed the role of a father as the male parent, as a nurturer, as a role model, and as a guide. This week we will consider a father as an influencer and shaper of character.

As an influencer, fathers have huge influence on their children, especially male children. Most boys emulate their fathers in almost everything, dressing, walking, and even mannerisms.

The habits, actions and tendencies of the fathers tend to influence their children and may shape their lives unless strong peer influence either affirms or changes these behaviours. Children tend to know their parents better and are quick to point out contradictions between what parents teach and practice.

It is therefore important that what fathers teach aligns with their practice. There are many grown up adults who have become women abusers due to the influence of their fathers. Fathers who truly desire a better future for their children and the society at large will therefore be careful with their lives and the kind of image they project for their children to mirror.

Fathers also shape character in the same vein. Fathers’ influence on children shape their character and determine their destiny. For female children, they usually weigh their male friends on the scale of comparability with their father. They want every man to be more like their father, especially when the relationship with their father is close.

So fathers have a lot of work cut out for them especially in ensuring we pass the right values to our children through the way we live. We will continue our exploration on the role of fathers in parenting next week.

Till then, have a great week ahead.

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Who is a father?

A father is a male parent, and no woman can play this role successfully. This is the natural order, a woman can never be a father because she is female and lacks the inbuilt skills and gifts of a father.

This is one of the challenges of single parenting, the absence of the missing parent always affects the complete transformation of the child to an adult.

The only One who can play both the fatherly and motherly role is God, because in Him exists both male and female. In Him, all fullness dwells. Colossians 1:19.

As a nurturer, the father cares and protects the child and mother from any form of harm. Joseph as a nurturer was the one God instructed to take the child Jesus away from the reach of Herod the King. As a father, you are responsible for caring and protecting for all those under your care. This applies to male leaders in any position, in business, in government or ecclesiastical, you are to protect those under your watch.

As a role model, the child looks up to the father as an example of how he should live. It is thus important that you set good example. Do not curse around your children, do not throw dirts or garbage from your car, they will emulate you. Whatever they see you doing, they will try on their own. So how you live your life has a lot of impact on the child. Many men who abuse their wives actually grew up with abusive fathers, same with women.

As a guide, the father provides guidance both spiritual and moral for the child. Children at infancy stage are like plain paper, their characters are formed by the words, acts of discipline, instructions and training provided by the parents, especially the father.

Fathers help their children in making right choices in life, and this is a key role. A father who never had the proper guidance may find it difficult to guide correctly, but thank God we have the Holy Books and other books to guide us in parenting.

We will continue on the subject of a father next week.

Have a great week ahead.

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“Parenting or child rearing is the process of promoting and supporting the physical, emotional, social, and intellectual development of a child from infancy to adulthood. Parenting refers to the intricacies of raising a child and not exclusively to the biological relationship.” (Wikipedia).

It is the process of nurturing and training a child from infancy to adulthood. It is a deliberate act of planting virtues and moral values in a child with the aim that the child would grow to be a complete person.

This process is very important because lack of it can lead to character deficiency in the child involved. Whether as biological parents or foster parents, someone who has been well fathered must play the role of a father and someone who has been properly mothered must play the role of a mother.

So who is a father? A father is the male parent, a nurturer, a role model, a guide, an influencer, a shaper of character , an instiller of discipline, a judge, a protector, a provider, and a leader.

Who is a mother? A mother is the female parent, a carer, a homekeeper, a discerner, a moral support, a warmth provider and an emotional support.

Every child needs both the fatherly and motherly figures. The absence of either can significantly affect the complete formation of character for the child.

We will continue in this series by looking at each of the qualities of a father and mother next week.

Have a great week ahead.

Adewumi Oni

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