The idea that you own the responsibility for confronting the life challenges your child will have, as well as finding solutions for them, is a an important commitment parents must make for their children’s benefit. When parents assume the responsibility for getting actively involved with their babies and young children, they start doing things that benefit their children’s development. Playing, talking and reading, and other quality time activities, will greatly stimulate a baby’s brain in a way that doesn’t happen when parents just limit themselves to taking care of a child’s basic needs. A parent’s commitment to these activities means the child will have much better development in the areas of speech, reading, writing, listening, attention, memory, motor skills, and other intellectual, relational and emotional abilities. Children with parents who get actively involved with them are also usually more confident and more successful at school and in their relationships with others as adults.
Active parenting involvement with a child who doesn’t always have both parents present (because one or both are working, or because they are separated) can help heal many difficulties and insecurities a child may develop because time with a parent is limited. In other words, spending consistent quality time with your child, even when this is only a for a few minutes in the afternoon or even one day a week, can have positive effects for your child that should not be ignored.