Bad parenting?

United States
March 21, 2007 1:40pm CST
What constitutes a bad parent? Their habits, their morals, or their style of parenting? I have seen a lot on here that tells me everyone has their own perspectives on parenting, techniques, and habits...so what do you think makes someone a "bad" parent?
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@RivahGal (34)
• United States
21 Mar 07
I think a "bad parent" is probably someone who is abusive. I am sometimes called a "bad parent" when what the person means is a "mean parent." I'll cop to being mean...I say what I mean, and mean what I say. :) Bad parenting can probably be somewhat subjective...I don't think that spanking (not beating!) is the hallmark of a bad parent, but some might. There may be unwise parenting, and so on. Bad parenting could vary from person to person, but I'd say an abusive parent is a bad parent. Julie http://groups.yahoo.com/group/meanmomclub/
• United States
21 Mar 07
You are absolutely right, and I appreciate your comment. Parents are meant to love their children and protect them.
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@stacyv81 (5906)
• United States
21 Mar 07
I think a bad parent is someone who doesnt provide emotionally, physically, mentally, verbally, and financially for their children the best they can, beyond that, how you do it is up to you. I dont think someone is a bad parent because they do something differently than me, I think parenting styles will differ. But as long as their children are having all of their needs met, then I think they are a good parent.
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• United States
21 Mar 07
I completely agree. But I do feel that a lot of people take for granted that they are parents, and feel that it gives them some right to judge others.
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@coxkix69 (15)
• United States
22 Mar 07
I personally think it is when someone goes out of their way to emotionally or physically hurt their child. Or who intentionally does not provide for their child.
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• Canada
21 Mar 07
I dont think there is such thing as "bad parent" because the moment u see ur child, u instantaneously go through so many emotions n thinking what should i do for my child so that he becomes smart,behaved,emotional,spiritual etc. etc..U start giving them from the day u start believing in their existence..So i think no parent can think bad about their child..
• United States
21 Mar 07
Good point. But what about parents that kill their children or beat them? And there are more ways to abuse a child than with your hands.
@pumpkinjam (5683)
• United Kingdom
21 Mar 07
There would be some obvious instances of bad parenting, such as neglecting your children or beating them. I have seen a lot of parents who I don't think are particularly good parents but that doesn't necessarily mean they are bad. I wouldn't think they are bad just for doing things differently. As long as children are loved and well cared for by their parents then they have good parents. I know I'm a good parent because my kids told me! :) I see a lot of different kinds of parents every day. Some of them, I wouldn't want to look after a goldfish, but most are fine. They might have different ways of looking after their children but as long as they are looking after them, then they are good parents.