Parenting today doesn't resemble anything like when we were kids. That's not to say that parents in the "good old days" were perfect. However, parents prioritized their parenting responsibilities and duties much different from parents today, and they were right in many ways. We could learn a lot of lessons by looking back at the way we grew up, and use what our parents did to improve the way our households operate.
Respect for Parental Authority
When we were kids, there was no question who was in charge. It was the parent, and the respect we had for our parents helped to stabilize our home environment. A corporation can only have one CEO, and likewise, a home can only work if the parents and not the children are in charge. Parents today would do well to teach their children to respect parental authority early on. It's one of the most important lessons we can learn from yesterday's parents.
Preparing Wholesome Meals
Our parents may not have been into organic gardening and feeding us organic foods, but many of our parents cooked and served us wholesome meals. Making several trips to fast food restaurants was not the norm, or even an option. It's no wonder the childhood obesity and early childhood diseases were less frequent then, than they are now. Some parents today don't pay much attention to the meals they provide their families, until their spouse or children develop a disorder or disease.
Ability to Work Online
There are some great things about parenting today that are very different from when we were kids. Meeting the financial needs of the household is an important part of parenting, and the Internet has made it possible for many moms to work from home, while raising children. Moms in the past either worked out of the home, had a cottage industry delivering goods locally or did not work at all. Today, moms are able to add to the household economy by working flexible hours and without ever leaving home, thanks to the Internet.
Access to More Information
The wide dissemination of news and information is critical for parenting today. When we were kids, our parents had to rely on the local newspaper, or what they heard on the news or on the radio. You have so much more access to information by way of the Internet, and even independent newspapers that are willing to print key information that you may not read about from major news and information outlets. For example, you can visit many medical websites and review the symptoms of common childhood illnesses to determine what you child is battling before walking into a doctor's office. You can read articles and health news on natural remedies and alternative medicines, so that you're well informed of your options when you talk to you pediatrician.
Things have changed, but there are major benefits to retaining many of the things passed down from your parents. It's not old fashion to incorporate their sound advice when parenting today. It's often your loss when you don't.
Daphne Mallory, Esq. is the co-owner of
Mallory Writing Services and has written more than 100 articles helping
home based business owners and entrepreneurs start and market their
business. You can learn more about her here.
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