You are a Proud Parent!
You made your decision and survived
your pregnancy and the birth. You now have a
beautiful baby boy or girl. What's next??! There are many things
to consider when you become a parent. The following is list of
some helpful tips and some information that every parent should
have, as well as tips on specifically being a parent while you
are still in your teen years.
Your Rights as a Parent:
You do have rights
as a parent and it is important to know these. Some of the more
important rights that you possess as a parent include the following:
* the right to custody and control over your child;
* the right to cooperation and obedience from your child;
* the right to your child's earnings; and
* the right to sue if someone wrongfully injures or kills your
For you as a parent these rights mean specific things:
1. The right to custody and control over your
child essentially means that as a parent you can make the important
decisions about your child's life. That is you, as a parent, can
decide: where your child will live, with whom he or she will live,
what he or she will do from day to day, what school he or she
will attend, when he or she needs medical care, and what, if any,
religion he or she will practice.
2. The right to cooperation and obedience from
your child entitles you to just that: cooperation and obedience.
This right translates into the right to discipline your child
in a non-abusive and non-neglectful manner. NOTE:
Your child does not have to obey you if you have ordered him or
her to do something that is dangerous or illegal. In fact, if
you have encouraged your child to commit dangerous or illegal
acts you may be charged with contributing to the delinquency of
a minor, child abuse, or neglect.
3. The right to your child's earnings means
that you as a parent can legally collect and keep the money that
your child earns. However, there are limitations on this right.
Your child's earnings will not be entirely available to you in
the following circumstances:
* if you have exploited, neglected, or abandoned your child;
* if your child's income is the result of his or her special talent
or athletic ability; or
* if your child's income is the result of a gift or inheritance.
Furthermore, most parents allow their children to keep the money
that they have earned.
4. The right to sue if someone wrongfully injures
or kills your child enables you to recover costs such as medical
and funeral expenses, as well as lost earnings, lost companionship,
and pain and suffering in the event of your child's death or injury.
Your rights and authority as a
parent cease when your child reaches the age of majority (that
is, 18). In addition, your rights and authority as a parent can
be suspended or terminated in any of the following situations:
* the court appoints a guardian of the person over your child;
* your child gets married;
* the court suspends or terminates your parental rights due to
abuse or abandonment of your child;
* your child is made a ward of the juvenile delinquency court;
* your child has been emancipated by the court; or
* your child enlists in the military.
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