THE MAIN DIFFERENCES OF BEING A PARENT TODAY COMPARED TO 30 YEARS AGO

Parenting is dynamic and keeps changing from one generation to another. The challenges that parents face and the style of parenting that were applied 30 years ago may not be applicable today. The changes are mainly brought about primarily as a result of changes in technology as well as the changes in the societal set up.

With new challenges brought about by new threats such as cyber bullying as a result of exposure of the children to technological devices and increase in internet connectivity, as a parent you have to play a bigger part in keeping your child safe.

Some of the differences of parenting today as compared to 30 years ago include:

INCREASED NEED TO PROVIDE MORE SECURITY TO YOUR CHILDREN

These days there is an increased need to keeping your child safe as compared to 30 years ago. This is as a result of increased cases of kidnaps and robberies in neighborhoods. There is a sharp increase in sensitivity to security of your children as compared to 30 years ago when children could comfortably and conveniently play outside up to late evenings before returning to the house.

This has meant that children have had to be monitored more. The alternative has been to provide alternative games for children within the house. This has come with its own concerns as surfing the internet has become an alternative. This means that keeping your child safe from cyber-attacks has become another new concern in this age of parenting.

INCREASED PREFERENCE FOR SMALLER FAMILIES

There has been an increased knowledge and use of different family planning methodologies. This has led to people having increasingly smaller families. As a result the parents are being able to provide a better lifestyle and higher standard of living to the children. The parents are able to take the children to better schools, provide the children with better housing and even more stylish clothes.

This means that the children today are growing up with more confidence and are able to achieve more.

CHANGES IN CAREER PREFERENCES

In the past children were mainly guided by the parents on the traditional careers. These areas included law, medicine and engineering. This has since changed as a result of more exposure and the emergence of celebrity culture. These days the parents have been forced to get used to other career preferences that the children have.

These days it is normal to have children whose dreams include becoming painters, musicians, cooks and even professional dancers. As a parent you are expected to be more supportive to the career path your child chooses.

METAMORPHOSIS OF THE GENDER ROLES

With increased affirmative action and more recognition of the women, it is no longer the days when children used to be told that the father is always the head of the family and the decision the decision he makes concerning the family is final. These days there is more equity in the family and thus you have to train your child the need for consultation within the family before any decision is reached.

Unlike 30 years ago when each gender had its own defined role, there has been a big change these days. This means that as a parent today you have to train your children to do all kinds of work without looking at their gender.