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What is a parent’s greatest responsibility?
I’m working on a rebuttal for a debate on this resolution. I’m supporting the statement, and was having some trouble thinking of other views on the topic. I’m just looking for some reasons you would be against this statement.
I would say that yes, a parent’s greatest responsibility is to their child. It is a proven fact that the greatest influence in a child’s life is the parent, in a typical childhood. Isn’t the job of a parent to prepare the kid for their own life, after all? Parents not only affect the child with genetics, which are responsible for more than you can imagine, but also the upbringing of the kid. How parents act toward their children result in cyclic behavior (alcoholism, abusive behavior). Ex. Parents who show favoritism greatly increase the child’s risk of adult depression. And to those who argue that a parent’s greatest responsibility is to themselves before they can help the child… If you brought the child into this world, it should be a priority. If you think of the child first, either way, you must also be responsible for yourself. Yes, you have to take care of yourself before you can take care of others, but if you had your child in mind, you would do what’s best for them, which is being a good role model that they can take after.
Feel free to criticize/contradict. I need help (more points to support my claim as well as ideas on what the other side might argue). I’m already running into circles trying to clarify myself, so I’m desperate for anything..
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