It would be great to have a degree in parenting, but no. Parenting is not a synonym of perfection. As parents, we strive to give the best to our children, but when we want to become perfect parents, we are setting up the stage for failure and rebellion. Remember, just as you would like your child to do his best and to give his best in every thing he does; one day, your adult child will also recognize you did your best and gave your best to them, with what you got from life. It’s that simple…
Millennials, also known as Generation Y or the Net Generation face when trying to find a balance between work, school, friends, social media, recreation and family time:
- Parents work: This can be very stressful especially if the parent have a job that demands physical or mental strength or if they are single parents.
- After school activities: Many parents have no choice but keeping their children busy in after school activities. Many dedicate lots of time to sports with little to no time to discover the wonders of the world by reading and investigating.
- Children know more technology than their parents: This is a big disadvantage, especially if the parents don’t like technology, don’t want to learn it or just don’t care about it. Terrible mistake! It exposes children to live a double life: One at home and another based on social media.
Quality time together: It has become “restaurant time”. Remember, your children are not going to share their problems at the restaurants. At time all they need is to know their parents are in the next room at home; that gives them sense of security and love.
- A parent’ responsibility: Once you choose to become a parent, you cannot endorse it to the government, church, school, counselor, or relatives. They help, and we should demand professionalism and ethics; but in the end, the responsibility of parenting is yours.
- Remember, you are first a parent, then a friend.
How do you deal with your millennial child?