Parenting is a difficult task today. Our generation had a different set of parents. Today parents are more involved with their kids. What do you think?
Parenting has come a long way. Our generation obviously had a set of parents which were totally different than us. With the passing years like the technology has advanced, there have been many changes in parenting as well. There has been an enormous change in parenting trends. Some have been rather positive and some work on their evidence based on technology.
Here are a few trends which are playing big:
Parenting Style: Along the years there has been a lot of research on the various parenting styles. Though the styles were first defined in the early 1960s but have become more evident in the past decade. Knowing about the parenting style helps the parent to understand how they affect the physical. emotional and cognitive development of their child.
Fathers are Getting Importance As Well: Back in our times’ fathers role was not to take care of a child, change their diapers or put a baby to sleep. It was literally considered a shame if the father was caught helping with the baby work. However, things have changed. Gender equality in terms of childcare has had a drastic rise in the past decade. The image of the father as the bread earner of the family has been broken and his role is being recognised widely.
Spare The Rod And Spoil The Child Is a Thing Of The Passé: Canes were effective back then but now positive and mindful parenting has taken a front seat. Well, now you may say that we turned up pretty fine but trust me canning can lead to adverse consequences.
It Is Fine If The Child Failed: We live in a result-oriented society. We have been raised under pressure to succeed right from the time we were very young. But today the parents are fine if their child fails. They teach failure as a stepping stone to success and a positive aspect of learning, facing challenges and in turn building self-esteem.
Dealing with Screen Time: Children today are glued to smart gadgets and phones. But children see and do the same. So how frequently a child is using a smartphone depends on the behaviour that the parents display. We can’t be distracted by talking to them and not giving them full attention as we are on the phone. We are the ones who affect their focus, attention and language.
Talking Is a Must: I don’t remember talking or discussing any problems with my parents. But now things have changed. Parents make sure that they talk to their children about the activities in school and other places. Those who have given a smartphone to their child don’t hesitate in texting or making plans over chats and messages.
Work and Age Factor: With most men and women focussing on their careers, parenting takes a back seat. When they are really ready to take a plunge into being parents they have actually crossed the defined age. With an increase in the age of the parents, this trend is here to stay as they ultimately settle down and have children.
A Plethora of Parenting Books: If you just step into a book shop there are so many books, yes parenting books on the shelves. These books are great and aim at helping parents in their parenting journey. How to listen to a child, how to do that, how to become great parents … and many more such books are there to help us as much as possible.
An Era of Parent Bloggers: Knowingly or unknowingly parenting is no more limited to the four walls instead it has become very public. There has been an immense rise in parent bloggers who blog about almost everything from health to fashion to problems and tips. Also, there are many online forums and groups where like-minded moms can get together and discuss their issues.
Many trends come and go by. However, one thing about parenting that will not change is that parents are parents. At the end of the day, they want the best for their children.
The Post is written in line with this week’s IndiSpire Prompt Parenting is a difficult task today. Our generation had a different set of parents. Today parents are more involved with their kids. What do you think? #ParentingThenAndNow