Parenting is probably the most influential aspect of a human being's life. Parents mold or scar their kids with their parenting choices. When on the wrong side of thirty, I'd finally mapped most of my thought process and personality to my childhood and the influence of my parents. The most I see in my day to day life is the fellow parents at my kid's school. Each one unique, with their exceptional strong points. I observe all the parenting techniques around me, probably because I am sub consciously aware of the impact of my every word and action on my child. I read parenting horror stories, come across some reckless parenting choices and wonder if parenting should be indeed licensed like one of my learned friends opined in a social discussion. Children are all reflections of God they say - but parents are the ones who obliterate those reflection and replace it with their own. There is a lot that goes into raising a child - patience, love, responsibility and sacrifice. Having the biological ability to produce children shall not make a parent a parent. It is the ability to understand the impact they make on their off springs with their every thought, word and action that counts into the tough art of parenting. Whether we choose to spoil our kids or raise them like soldiers, we do leave our footprints on their psyche for the rest of their lives. I wish every person who produces a kid realizes this fact! Parents can really make the world a better place by doing their jobs sincerely.