Parenting and child health

October 4, 2014

Parenting is probably the most important public health issue facing our society. It is the single largest variable implicated in childhood illnesses and accidents; teenage pregnancy and substance misuse; truancy, school disruption, and underachievement.  Parenting is a buffer against adversity and a mediator of damage.

Parenting has three essential components. Firstly, care protects children from harm. Care also encompasses promoting emotional as well as physical health. Secondly, control involves setting and enforcing boundaries to ensure children’s and others’ safety, in ever widening areas of activity. Thirdly, development involves optimizing children’s potential and maximizing the opportunities for using it.

How can you increase these components in your family’s life?

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