More par­ents are ad­mit­ting that par­ent­ing is get­ting harder than ever

The Borneo Post - Nature and health - - Parenting -

THERE’S no doubt: It’s a new par­ent­ing era than 20 or 30 years ago. Now faced with ques­tions about how to limit screen time, when to give chil­dren phones and how to pro­tect them from cy­ber threats, there are sim­ply some is­sues that to­day’s par­ents can’t get ad­vice on from our own par­ents. Does that mean it’s harder to be a par­ent to­day than when we were grow­ing up? Yes, say 88 per cent of young moms and dads.

Ac­cord­ing to a BPI Net­work sur­vey of 2,000 par- ents in the United States and Canada, the lead­ing rea­sons par­ent­ing feels harder than ever in­clude: so­cial me­dia dis­trac­tions, chal­lenges with two work­ing par­ents, emo­tional or be­havioural dys­func­tion, peer com­pe­ti­tion or bul­ly­ing, and vi­o­lence and safety con­cerns in schools. Of course, most of us weren’t fully aware of the chal­lenges our par­ents faced when we were young—such as the fact they couldn’t read­ily call on their own moms for ad­vice lest they wanted to rack up ma­jor long-dis­tance bills and couldn’t have any­thing in the world de­liv­ered to their doorsteps within two days.

Re­gard­less of whether it’s true, the per­cep­tion that par­ent­ing is harder than ever has con­trib­uted to some two-thirds of the re­spon­dents say­ing they’ve ex­pe­ri­enced “parental burnout.” “Parental burnout is a state of phys­i­cal, men­tal and emo­tional ex­haus­tion,” says Neil D. Brown, LCSW, au­thor of End­ing The Par­ent-Teen Con­trol Bat­tle. “It leaves par­ents feel­ing chron­i­cally fa­tigued… and it can lead to de­pres­sion, chronic anx­i­ety and ill­ness.”

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