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Most parents will agree that one of the most difficult parts of parenting is knowing how to apply age-appropriate discipline to their kids. A part from the Christian holy book states that” no discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful”. This underscores the fact that most humans, be it kids or adults, will resent discipline at the time it is being meted out.
The COVID-19 pandemic has upturned family life around the world. The fact that schools and businesses were forced to shut down to flatten the curve of the virus spread has forced parents who also have to work remotely for this same reason to be locked down with their kids who would otherwise be in school at this time. This sudden disruption to our daily routine is a lot to navigate for anyone, but especially for parents who now have to work from home with the distractions engendered from having the kids around while trying to get serious work done.
Business and Academic experts from around the world, have said that by 2030, 85 per cent of the jobs that will exist have not even been invented yet. As such, the minds of our children should be unlocked to possibilities and not limited to the jobs and occupations of the present day.
Parenting tops the list of jobs that never goes on holidays. Regardless of however ready for parenting an individual might assume to be, the concept of being absolutely ready for parenting prepared to raise a child especially in this 21st century, is as unrealistic as it is far-fetched.
Most parents raise their kids like robots, giving their kids commands with a high expectation of immediate positive feedback. This attitude has in recent times created little or no distinction between a home and an army parade ground. This sort of parenting is ‘’Authoritarian’’.
As the summer breaks rush in, there is a tendency for mothers to have butterflies in their stomach. This is true considering how much summer provide the kids and their mom with a break from the school routine of homework, class projects, fundraisers and school lunches. Nevertheless, this does not remove the summer stress that also tags along.
By Splendor Eloke-Young
If you want to change the future, you must change what you’re doing in the present.
The truth smeared all over this wise saying by Mark Twain should not easily be overlooked. Most mothers, however, tend to ignore this simple truth as they assume the responsibility of raising their daughters. It is the duty of wise mothers whose desire is to raise girls with a confident future to help them cultivate the right attitude early enough. Enlightened mothers who are aligned with the single vision to break through the current patriarchal system of the world will always ensure that their words and actions towards their daughters, never ceases to ignite the passion in them to become great career women in all fields.