Nothing of value is ever arrived at without hard work, and parenting is just that: hard work and a lifetime commitment of love and discipline. Well-parented children will probably not overpopulate the world, and there is no magic guide to perfect parenting though some modern magazines claim to be. But, there are certain characteristics that contribute to positive parenting. Thesis Statement: Patience, honesty, and persistence are three qualities that are often exhibited in good parents.
Topic Sentence 1: Good, effective parenting requires a lot of patience, because it is a process rather than an event (Action for Children). Just as it takes time to grow a garden, growing a child takes a lifetime, but the returns on investment can be incredibly rewarding. Children arrive as blank slates and learn through observation, imitation, and experience. Some of the best lessons are derived from failures and mistakes. All children experience failures, make mistakes, and test their parents from time to time. Patient parents acknowledge that children are imperfect and realize that sometimes it is ok to let a child fail, because this is how we learn. People learn in different ways and at various rates, and it requires patience to understand that children don't always learn the first time or even the second time.