Monday, September 03, 2018

Parental love

Aristotle and St Thomas Aquinas both viewed love as willing the good of another and the biologist Jeremy Griffith defined it as ‘unconditional selflessness’.

Child rearing has become more and more challenging during the past few years and increasingly greater expectations are leveled at educators and parents. There has been a dramatic decrease in the traditional families while the proportion of single-parent families has increased.

It is widely recognized that children need to be loved in order to develop into adequately functioning individuals who can pursue good lives.

The starting point and goal for rearing and parental love has to be growing child’s own special value. Every human being has a special value that must not be sacrificed in the name of societal effectiveness or money. Every child is important, valuable, and unique regardless of how well he or she performs at school or what kind of effort he or she is likely to do for the society.

Parental love gives more comprehensive support for children that the modern school or even day-care can offer. studies of children in institutions found that children who did not receive love but only adequate care became ill more frequently; their learning capacities deteriorated significantly; they became decreasingly interested in their environment; they failed to thrive physically by failing to gain weight or height or both; they suffered insomnia; they were constantly depressed; and they eventually developed severe learning disabilities.

In one study, serious and chronic parental lack of love in childhood appears to have severe and longer-lasting emotional, social, cognitive, behavioral, and neurobiological effects on children and adult offspring than do perceived lack of love in other attachment relationships throughout life [Rohner RP (2016) Introduction to parental acceptance-rejection theory, methods, evidence, and implications].
Children entering adolescence can be a sore trial of parental love. Parents who expect gratitude for their selfless love risk disappointment when adolescents rebel and test limits. Adolescents seem to enjoy making themselves difficult to love. Loving parents need to help their adolescent children avoid excessive risk-taking without putting unnecessary restrictions on their growth towards independence.
Parental love
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