Parenting has become a daunting task for most of the parents in the current times. The reason why parenting has become quite challenging is due to the fact that our lifestyle is rapidly changing with newer requirements and demands being instilled into our lives. Gone are the days when fathers had to go out for work while mothers had to stay back at homes, looking after household duties and raising kids. In the recent times, everything has been changed. New parenting styles are being adopted by the parents. To fulfill the newer demands and requirements and to accomplish the economic stability of the family, both fathers and mothers have to work as a result of which their attention towards their kids become divided. The ratio of women staying back at home to look after their kids has seen a decline over the last few years.
Maintaining a balance between parenting duties and work has become fairly stressful for today’s parents as a result of which they find parenting quite challenging. What are some of the most common parenting challenges that parents have to face in their everyday lives? Let’s take a look at them.
Time a scarce resource:
One of the most imperative parenting challenges that many parents face today is the scarcity of time. In twenty fours in a day, they have to juggle the time between a plethora of duties – completing office tasks, performing household duties, looking after kids, and of course sparing some time for themselves which becomes impossible most of the times. Parents face difficulty in reserving time for each of the task in the best possible way. However, if the same tasks are planned with better time management then parents can reserve time for all the tasks without letting their kids suffer at all. You cannot move ahead and focus solely on the office duties while neglecting your parenting job. Kids need fair attention from parents and if their needs are not looked upon, they may suffer from ignorance and become a victim of inferiority complex. Therefore, no matter how busy their work routines are, parents should reserve some time for their kids. In case parents are extremely busy or stuck somewhere then they must make their kids understand why they can’t be available for them and teach them ways to become self-sufficient when they’re not around their kids.
Failure in imparting moral values:
Multitude of studies have shown time and again that most kids get involved in undesirable activities because they have not been taught proper moral values by their parents. Due to lack of moral principles, they fail to distinguish between right and wrong and get more attracted towards acquiring inappropriate behavior patterns. With the increase in the use of technology and gadgets, kids are lured to the negative side of the internet provided if their activity is not being tracked by their parents. Neglecting their studies, they pay more attention towards playing games on the internet or talking incessantly to their friends on the social media. They get exposed to watching movies, especially pornographic material on the internet and other forms of sexualization which they should otherwise refrain from. This can bring about serious harm to their naive behavior and lead them to a bad path. As parents get to spend less time with their kids, sometimes they oversee the changes being brought into their behavior. Therefore, if parents keep themselves busy in their work assignments and other household chores without paying attention to their kids, they might be putting them at a greater risk because the teen then might goes into hands of wrong company.
Another challenge modern parenting suffers from these days is imbalanced life. It’s a fact that we cannot ignore our essential duties of life that involve house, office, kids, and other personal requirements. While creating an equilibrium amongst these tasks can be crucial, if they’re not handled well, then you may definitely go down the drain. Parents who fail to maintain a balance between all of these requirements may have to witness a highly imbalanced life.
In order to balance your imbalanced life and become effective parents, they have to preplan the ways of performing the essential life duties. This is the only key to face the parenting challenges. Once they’ve realized the possible life imbalances, then they can be prepared to face them and also react to them positively in the best possible way.
Lack of emotional bonding:
The lack of emotional bonding is also one of the parenting challenges that parents come across quite often. By not spending enough time with their children they might not be able to create an emotional bonding with them as a result kids hesitate opening up to their parents, refraining from sharing their troubles with their parents and seek attention from their peers instead. Knowing and understanding the feelings as well as emotions is quite essential in creating an emotional bond between two parties. When the bond between parents and kids is not there or its broken, kids usually go astray, living in their fantasy world. They can become emotionally-wrecked and feels lonely.
A good parenting is that in which the parents instead of getting affected by these challenges emphasizes more and more in providing their teens the best moral values and the best childhood so that they can become a competent adult in future.