What makes a good parent?

Parents all over the world want to provide a good life for their children. If you pay attention to media and marketing, you might get the idea that high-end high chairs, designer diapers, and troves of toys are requirements for raising a happy, healthy child. Of course, providing the latest must-haves is impossible for all but the wealthiest parents, and trying to keep up is a recipe for insecurity and dissatisfaction.

When I start to doubt whether I am living up to the standard of a “good” parent, I make a point to remember that most stuff is optional. The list of true essentials for a positive childhood is quite short. Children’s entertainer Raffi offers a reminder of this in his popular song called “All I Really Need”, in which a chorus of children sings:

All I really need is a song in my heart
Food in my belly
And Love in my family

That’s right. Hope, nourishment, and affection are all a child really needs (apart from the obvious shelter, water, and oxygen!). Toys, education, and entertainment are all very well, but they are not nearly as important as the first three.

If you need help providing the essentials for your child, visit His Love Family Resources at 203 Morenci Ave in Mio, MI. We offer parenting classes, a baby pantry, and caring staff to support you.