It’s the 21st century, the great jet age of information and the internet. It is tougher than ever to raise a child in this day and age, and it only looks like it is going to get tougher. Today’s parents have to deal with a plethora of issues that weren’t a problem 30, 40 years ago. It is little wonder that today, more than at any point in history, people are forgoing the chance of raising a child to, instead, enjoy their life. And it is hardly surprisingly, because, if you really think about the trouble that parents today go through you’d understand why more young people are saying ‘No’ rather than yes to the question of childbirth and parenting.
The most recent problem in a raising a child has got to be the internet. Half of a parents job is shaping the mind of the child, and the internet is making that task to seem like one that requires superpowers. Controlling the sort of information that a child digests is a very important role of a parent, but the internet and smart devices like phones and tablets make that almost impossible. Today, parents have to ensure that their children aren’t taking in wrong or harmful information when on the internet. But this task is really difficult when a click on the wrong ad or the most innocent search on Google can undermine the whole work of a parent. However, installing parental control measures on smart devices or allowing children on the internet only with adult supervision can help parents to safeguard the minds of their kids.
Parents not only have the responsibility of protecting the minds of their children from harmful influences, they also have responsibility of ensuring that these minds are also properly educated. While some parents believe that homeschooling is the best way they can control what sort of education their children receive, it is important to note that children need to play with other children their own age so as to develop a healthy social appetite. Choosing a good school for their children is one of the most important responsibilities of parents. This decision should be taken seriously. The school environment, style of teaching, and culture should be taken into consideration before choosing.
An age long problem of parents that has become amplified by the middle class culture of today is balancing career and family. Parents are often stuck in a dilemma. They have to work for long hours in order to cater for their children, but this doesn’t give them enough time to actually raise the children they are working for. And, of course, this sort of arrangement leaves children to the whims of their environment. In order to solve this problem or face this challenge, parents can entrust their kids to trusted relatives or friends that can adequately monitor them. Although this isn’t an ideal situation, it is better than leaving the care of their children to strange baby sitters or, worse still, unsupervised.
Parenting today is more difficult than ever, but balancing family and career, providing proper education, and keeping children away from bad influences can help make the task of parenting easier.
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