Parents Brisbane Psychologists View

by Laurence

“There is no friendship, no love, like that of the parent for the child”

– Henry Ward Beecher-

Families are diverse. Each family has its own rules, communication style and parent roles. Parents are the leaders or directors of the family and children are expected to follow their leadership.

This article has been Prepared by Mark Korduba (Psychologist Brisbane)

The Three Major Goals Of Parenting.

The American Psychology Association (APA) defines parenting with three major goals: ensuring children’s health and safety, preparing children for life as productive adults and transmitting cultural values. An optimum parent-child relationship is important for healthy development of the members of the family. Deciding who has the authority within the family unit and which rights, privileges, obligations, and roles each of the members play within it is fundamental to creating a healthy and harmonious unit allowing their members to grow.

Parental authority

Parental authority is established during their son or daughter’s childhood and is maintained during the young person’s adolescence. In this role parents guide and encourage a child to reach his or her true potential providing emotional stability, sense of negotiation, managing of routine and a firm foundation of emotional intelligence.

While every family is different, there are certainly some good guidelines to take into consideration about parenting roles.  They include:

• Parents guide by providing goals and limits that are appropriate to the age, ability and interest of the child;

• Parents to encourage through praise and celebration of accomplishments;

• Parents affirm through a positive relationship that includes time to play and have fun as well as time to communicate and reflect;

• Parents also provide training rules to promote healthy development, learn self-discipline and develop a healthy respect for themselves and others. Source:

The Australian Institute of Family Studies highlight that a safe and supportive family environment is the one where parents ideally provide warm, positive interactions and a secure base from which children can safely explore the world to learn about themselves, others and the wider world around them (Holden, 2010; Pettit, Bates, & Dodge, 1997).  Also during parenthood, it is important to  teach children about nutrition, sleep and exercise to ensure they learn good habits for their life.

Young Family Having Fun In Park

Ultimately parenthood when it is done well prepares children for life, to be independent and fully functioning members of society.  This includes many practical, social and emotional skills.  A lot of parents in the 21st century fail to properly understand their role.  One common mistake is that they expect their children to be their best friend or to remain as a child for the rest of their life.  This is unfair on all parties concerned and not helpful for either the parent or the child.

Want to Know More?

Why not visit the Mark Korduba (Psychologist) web-site at for more information.  If you would like to make an appointment please call his office on (07) 3857 3777 or email him directly at

Mark Korduba Psychologist
Address: 239 Stafford Rd, Brisbane QLD 4053

Phone:(07) 3857 3777


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