In a previous post, I responded to Blogging4Class’s post on the Congressional Hearings. I tried to describe the frustrations a parent in today’s society is feeling. I am not sure if I was successful.
I missed one important point. Today’s parents are doing a lot for their children. I really cannot speak for all, but only for myself, but I see my neighbors doing and experiencing the same things.
My children are involved in a lot of social and athletic activities. (I believe it will help shape them into more well rounded individuals.) They enjoy scouting, sports, dance, etc. They are academically successful so far as well. I am not looking for praises or bragging in any way. I am trying to get the point across that we are busy.
As a parent, stay at home mom, I do the laundry, I cook, I clean, I organize, I shop for groceries, I shop for clothes, I shop for birthday presents for friends and relatives, I chauffeur my children and their friends to activities. I volunteer at my church, for the PTA and other organizations, which sometimes includes meetings and workshops to attend and I help with the children’s homework, mend their wounds, listen to their woes, referee their fighting, etc, etc. Did I mention about anything personally for myself? hmm…
What is my point?
We are all looking for more hours in our day. We all complain that if we only had a few more hours, one more day, etc things will get done. Today’s society is all rush rush, hurry here, hurry there. No one has a minute anymore. Add to that, trying to decipher the internet for those that didn’t grow up with it, is adding to our frustrations. You’ve heard the saying “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks”. Well I don’t believe it. But I do believe it is more of a challenge and it takes a longer time for that old dog to learn than it does the younger one.
Parents are trying to keep up with technology so they can guide their children, but we must budget our time as well. What is more important? I don’t know, clean clothes, food on the table, no porn on the computer….decisions decisions. This is not meant to be sarcastic or a cop-out, but if there were information available, learning tools for parents, it will make their job a lot more easier. Yes, knowledge is power, but parents need to find out there is a problem first before they can protect their children from it. These days it is everywhere, so a parent is at fault if they say who knew! But they need more tools, not just the awareness to help them protect their child.
I welcome anyone to comment on either post. I’m not looking for an argument; I am looking at how we can better help one another. And if others can give parents an answer, I welcome the input.