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Common requirements of parenting for all children in all cultures

There are many definitions and criteria for what constitutes parenting.  Most ideas about parenting take account of the care of children directed at their physical needs as well as their social and emotional ones.

The common requirements of parenting for all children in all cultures are:

  • basic physical care
  • love and affection
  • security
  • stimulation and encouragement
  • guidance and boundary control
  • age appropriate responsibility
  • age appropriate independence
  • predictability of key routines.