The Hill article This week, we asked a group of college students, “Do you have a good or bad parent?”
They asked this question at a time when many of them had already made decisions about what kinds of adults they wanted to be.
Many of them said they would prefer to be “happy, loving, and kind” parents.
But they said they don’t want to be an “in-between parent” or “parent who’s always there but doesn’t necessarily get it.”
We also asked if they believed that being a good child requires having a great parent.
A few said yes.
They are proud of their children and want to make sure they are doing the best for them.
But, they said, their own parenting styles often get in the way.
They said they often try to keep a “cool” relationship with their children.
And they are often worried about their own safety.
These children said they wanted an “open, honest, and open-minded” relationship that encouraged and supported their child’s development.
“I think there’s a lot of good in the world, and I think that’s where parents are supposed to be,” said student L.A. Thompson.
She said she was proud of her family, but also worried about safety in her own home.
“As a parent, if I’m being honest with you, you can be a very safe person and a very loving parent,” she said.
“But I think we need to keep that in mind.”
Here’s what the students said they thought about being a “good parent.”
What’s a good person?
“A good person is someone who has the courage to live life, and to listen to the little things,” said graduate student Lauren Koehler.
“They are people who can really be the difference in your life.”
“A really good person understands the value of a good relationship,” said associate professor of psychology Laura Stott.
“And you can never be a bad parent if you have that.
It is what we are born with, so it’s something that we have to nurture.”
What makes a good father?
“They have to be very caring, caring, and compassionate,” said grad student Stephanie M. Mowbray.
“We are all here for each other.”
What does being a loving parent look like?
“We don’t have a perfect world, but you are the best parent we can be, and you can’t be a worse parent than your child,” said study student Matt Hahn.
“When you love your child, you are loving them, and they are loving you back.”
What are the challenges of being a parent?
“Being a parent is an incredible responsibility,” said junior study student Erin Fuchs.
“You have to take care of your own body, but that’s really easy to do, but being a mother is more complicated.”
“Your job as a parent doesn’t end when you’re done with the child,” she added.
“There are things you have to do to take them to school, take them out to the park, take care for them, take the child to a doctor’s appointment, and then take them back to school.”
How to get help A lot of the students in our survey were also struggling with their own parenting styles, and a lot had a lot to say about the importance of doing the right thing for your child.
Some said they were worried about how they would react to their children if they were not loving, caring and compassionate.
Some also said they struggled to make their children feel safe, but were concerned about their safety in their own homes.
The students also talked about how to stay positive and how to keep the positive parts of their lives intact.
Here are some of the ways they said their parenting styles could have made them more safe: “I don’t really have a strong sense of what a good role model is,” said sophomore student Emily R. O’Brien.
“It’s something I feel like I need to learn about.”
“I need to be careful with my own behavior,” said senior student Lauren B. Bremner.
“If I’m going to get a really negative reaction, I’m kind of going to have to apologize and not be that person I am.”
“It helps me understand how to act in the right way,” said juniors student Jordan G. Ostrander.
“What if my dad has a temper tantrum and my mother is like, ‘Stop that!’?” “I know how important it is to be there for my child, but I’m not going to feel comfortable if I don’t show my emotions,” said seniors student Jordan H. Jones.
“Sometimes I can’t stop thinking about how my dad feels, and it’s just really difficult for me to put myself out there and show him what I really think,” said freshman student Lauren L. Schott.
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