Parenting In The Past Vs Modern Parenting: Who Has It Easier?

September 1st, 2017

My friend used to constantly lament about her ongoing brush-offs with her mother-in-law during her early days of parenthood, and no, this is not your wonted mother-in-law from hell versus headstrong wife power wrangle story; said mother-in-law was more than willing to take a backseat and play a more advisory role. Rather, their friction stems from differences and disagreements in their individual parenting styles and their own beliefs in the best way to raise a child. It is said that it takes a village to raise a child, but when all the villagers are not on the same page with different schools of thoughts, it can easily become a case of too many cooks spoiling the broth. In a society where busy parents outsource parts of the child-raising process to grandparents, sometimes to the point of them becoming a second set of parents, the chasms in parenting between traditional and modern has never been more apparent. Modern parenting versus parenting in the past – who is really having the better deal? Of Drill Sergeants And Helicopters It is every parent’s intention to raise a good child of sound moral ethics and upright values, but often, different parents employ different methods to get there. Parenthood has seen a paradigm shift over the years, evolving along with the changing needs of time. Old school or traditional parenting focuses on bringing up a child that grows into a functional adult who is ready to contribute to the family and eventually, society. Pragmatism is the rule, and parents become drill sergeants who holler slogans like “If you don’t study hard, you won’t have a good future”. A philosophy used in traditional parenting is that as long as your child’s needs are covered, like food, shelter, and quality education, he is well-placed for success, hence […]

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