Being a parent has always been demanding, but today’s parents face unique struggles that make child-rearing even more challenging:
Dual-income households and long work hours leave less time for kids. Flexible schedules are rare in today’s working environments.
Managing screen time and constant digital connectivity for parents and children is a constant battle. Cyberbullying, especially for adolescent children, is also a risk.
Rising costs of housing, education and childcare put financial strain on families. To help stay afload, multiple jobs are often needed, which leaves less time to spend rearing children.
Lack of Community Support
Extended families generally live farther away, and modern neighborhoods often lack the tight-knit bonds that once helped raise children.
An abundance of (sometimes conflicting) child development advice on top of less hands-on parenting can overwhelm parents.
Health and Safety Fears
Risks like school shootings, obesity, drug abuse and other concerns create anxiety. As a result, many parents tend to become ‘helicopter parents, which can induce more stress to parents.
Shifting Social Values
Changing gender roles and cultural norms mean the rulebook changes faster than parents can keep up.
Less Play, More Pressure
Overscheduled kids have less downtime. Academic and extracurricular competition starts younger with higher stakes, leaving children less time to just be kids.
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