how parenting has changed over the last 20 years

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Looking at how parenting has changed over the last several decades.

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  • Describe at least two ways in which you think parenting has significantly changed in the last 25 years, citing the article or the text.
  • Discuss at least two parenting strategies/ideas that were shared in the article that you found unexpected or surprising.
  • Describe how using this information, along with your knowledge of child development, will help your work with families.

Resource Text for course

Morman, E. (2015, January 8). 25 years of parenting: A look back and ahead. Retrieved from http://www.metroparent.com/daily/parenting/parenti…
Wardle, F., & Fitzpatrick, T. (2016). Children & families: Understanding behavior & dynamics [Electronic version]. Retrieved from https://content.ashford.edu/

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Two ways in which you think parenting has significantly changed in the last 25 years:

  • Parenting used to focus more on making children behave and follow the rules set by adults (Morman, 2015). Now parents put more effort into raising successful and competent children (Morman, 2015). My parents raised my siblings and I in a more “old-fashioned” sense because they expected us to obey them and work around the house. They gave consequences to our actions and did not let us off the hook easily. I think this is largely due to how they were raised. Now that I work in child care I agree that parents are more understanding and flexible with their children. I think that both ways of parenting can be good, as long as one isn’t too extreme. I also notice that parents want their children to be successful and not just hard working and compliant. However, this changes with the culture of the family and their own personal experiences.
  • Fathers are becoming more involved in caring for their children (Wardle and Fitzpatrick, 2016). In some ways I knew this because fathers are often in the delivery room now days, when they weren’t allowed near the mother while she was giving birth in the past.I think that fathers are needed more in recent years because women are working outside of the home, too. It is also becoming more acceptable for boys to play with dolls and girls to play with trucks which is changing how people think about gender roles.

Two parenting strategies/ideas that were shared in the article that you found unexpected or surprising.

  • I was surprised to read in the article that parents spend more time with their children now than in the past – for both mothers and fathers (Morman, 2015). Because it is so common for both parents to work outside of the home I was very surprised by this information. It does make sense because parents tend to feel guilty for working a lot and leaving their children in child care or school. From my perspective, it depends on the parents, too. Some parents at the center where I work keep their child with them on their day off while others don’t. I understand that they have a lot to get done but I think that children also need to spend as much time with their parents as possible. It makes me sad when parents are off of work and put their child in day care because young children crave time with their parents. Hopefully parents will continue to pursue more time with their children despite their busy schedule.
  • It was surprising to read that children need more logical consequences to their actions (Morman, 2015). This surprised me because I never really though about it. I think that parents tend to take away a privilege when their child misbehaves instead of think about what a realistic consequence would be. For example, a child that stays out past curfew may be grounded and have to stay home or not have their electronics. A more logical consequence would be to have them get up early on the weekend and do chores around the house. This is what adults have to do when they stay up late, they don’t normally exclude themselves from social situations because they still have to get up early and go to work.

Describe how using this information, along with your knowledge of child development, will help your work with families.

  • This article reminded me that fathers are just as important as mothers. Sometimes I tell the mother something (“your child needs diapers tomorrow”) instead of the father. This seems like a minor thing but fathers need to know that they have important roles in their child’s life, too. I think that fathers are sometimes underestimated, so reading this article helped me realize how important both parents are for a child’s development and care. By knowing how families have changed and are different than my own, I can be more understanding and helpful to the families in my care. Part of this is simply getting to know the families in my center and work on building stronger trust with them.

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