Do we ever pause to think how different is the world we live in, compared to what it was when we were kids? There have been immense positive changes in the style of parenting in the past two decades, and this post is to talk about those changes.
The last few years have brought more openness, normalisation and friendly parenting. Children don’t grow alone; parents grow with them too. Parenting is an art, and while change is constant, parenting has also evolved with time. I remember my grandparents wanting to have more than three kids, while now financial stability and the right ambience have emerged as benchmarks to welcoming a second child into the world. Today, unlike earlier, parenting is a joint venture with both the parents taking an active part in the upbringing process. Bringing up Children is no longer considered as a feminine thing, couples feel the need to strike a balance between nurturing a child and a successful career.
In this new era of gadgets, tech-savvy children sometimes outdo their parents as they appear more knowledgeable than them. The concept of being a “Buddy” to their kids is apparent. Relationships are more open with interactions and healthy communication and a better understanding of the children’s aspirations and desires. Decision making is also more open, as now not only the elders but the youngsters of the house are involved in the decision- making process. Digital revolution has proved to be a boon for kids and helps in the holistic development of the child. Children are willing to think beyond academics and curriculum and get involved in innovation.
It is essential to give kids respect and encourage them to explore. We must follow an open-door policy with the kids where- in they are free to talk to us about everything and anything. My message has always been “go there and fly”, “chase your dreams”. Making that connect with the child is highly crucial because only when the little world inside the house is right, they will do better in the world outside. At home, we are setting an example of respect, equality and open-mindedness. Don’t hesitate to make your own rules to bring up a happy, healthy and confident child.
I personally believe there are some great things from the past and some great things from the present. For parents- household appliances like a microwave, washing machine and dishwashers have made life more comfortable. There is access to tons and tons of parenting resources. Healthcare is more easily accessible. A lot of emphases is also laid on the emotional needs of the kids.
Most importantly the food is so readily available, be it for the elders or the kids. The most significant evolution is immense food options available for the children these days. Not only are these rich in nutrients but also easily available over the counters in most of the grocery stores. Baby food like Ceralac, Ormeal’s Fruit Purees, Formula Milk, Porridge are fantastic options. As a mother to a 6-month-old, I can relax and spend time with my little one, not worrying about his intake of nutrients.
All in all, Parenting is a roller coaster ride, you will have your happy moments, anxious moments, and memorable moments and sometimes times that you will never forget. Parenting also teaches us something no other relation can teach- To Love Unconditionally.