The Essential Parent is one who is involved in the lives of those she lives with and has respect for herself. In an ideal world, parent and infant exist in an atmosphere of joy. But the world is real, and parent-child relationships are complex. An infant may grow up in one of any number of primary relationships. Traditionally, the mother tends to the baby while the father tends to the mother, but these days, the father may be the one to provide primary care while the mother tends to him. There are many different parenting scenarios such as: adoptive parents, step-parents, single parents, grandparents, and day care workers.