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Nigerian Family Principles: From Old School to Laxity

Each Nigerian family exists with its own distinct difference; which by contrast and comparing, each also has its own uniform approach, understanding, definition and application of principles. This is called family principles.

Family principles are basically determined by the union of a man and a woman, depending on the legal definition of marriage in the country under discussion. It is only the agreed union of these two that makes proper parenting possible. Parenting becomes viable upon the birth of a child as determined by each family’s way or ethics.

Diverse Parenting Styles

Societies in the world have diverse or differing parenting styles which becomes the nucleus for the being of every child. This composition of differences is a considerable issue, looking at the eventual influence of these ranges of parenting styles on an individual, society and the nation. These little influences become the future factors of the society and the nation in nearest future.

Suitably to describe, parenting is intrinsically about morals in the framework of values. It is easy to substantiate that parenting as an act of influence can only be measured by the level of discipline a parent exhibit, or which the child makes use of.

Parenting and family diversity is a serious issue to the future of a society. Whatever parenting style, the permissive kind or not, this topical discourse comes down to determine the state or extreme of a people, caused by the inter-activeness of the style of parenting adopted by families.

Before teens and preteens become latterly independent in person, sound values in form of home moral which are supposedly to be inculcated by parents are very necessary for the child’s future sufficiency.

Family Principles and Children

On families diversities, it is central to note that a child is at all time a stakeholder in a family. A child is integral or basic, just as the parents are. Irrespective of the kind of family a child is born into, it is germane that the parenting pattern adopted should be concerned with the responsibility of building a future adult, that would be disciplined enough to discern when necessary, and a kind that will promote the good and well-being of himself or herself and the society.

Treating discipline further, there are better ways to grow, or simply correct a child without promoting or creating in them anti-social reactions and reflection. One way is to avoid spanking a child, which by implication is unhealthy to the human body. Often suggested, authoritative discipline is one morally justified method fit for use, to handle the express manners of teens or pre-teens (children in general).

This gives room for parents or guidance to set distinct and firm-but-fair principles for a child. Uninvolved parenting and permissive parenting styles also exist; the negative result of it both is ‘laxity’. Laxity is one unfriendly practice by a person or to the good of the society.

Conclusions on Family Principles

While ideology and social class are determinants for parenting styles, family compositions worldwide should be concerned about upbringing independent child(ren) that will be self-nurtured and well orientated.

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Aduwo Ayodele

Aduwo Ayodele is a Nigerian Journalist. He writes to change, redress and influence his social environment. His works have appeared on several media outlets. He conducts public interviews on topical issues, aimed at resolving what seems to be identified social crises. He edits his works into his influential hub –; at a fore-front to influence positive changes in the Nigeria social biosphere.