Parenting Change: A Look Back In The Past And Look Forward to the Future

By Wayne Parker, Parent Herald December 20, 04:41 am
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Motherhood has changed a lot over the past decades, and in the sense of isolation - even in a world of growing technology and alleged connectedness is one of the differences. Mothers who had kids in the 1960s, 70s, and 80's had all agreed that motherhood nowadays is a whole lot different.

In Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Lyz Lenz who is a mom of two says that a part of her wishes is that she will raise her children like her mother in the early ꞌ80s, an era of less judgment. An era where parents weren't distracted by phones, where there was no surfing Facebook, checking email or returning of text messages while nurturing the baby. Children were engaged with the parents. These days, there's less direct communication due to distraction.

Joanna Mazewski who is a mom of two in Coconut Creek, Florida says that the level of suspicion is one of the differences today. Mothers these days are more paranoid and uptight about the lives of their children. Before, children can play outside without a worry. Nowadays, there is fear in letting kids play outside due to bad people and pressures.

The technological advances mode is perhaps the most noticeable changes between moms today and moms' decades ago. These revolutionary inventions do have their good points. It is now easier to keep in touch with family members who live far away. However, because of the increase in convenient communication is fast it come some with a negative point according to an article on CNN.

A mom of four in Los Angeles and a host of the blog Mommy Blog Expert, Janis Brett Elspas said that technology today when it is used in a proper way could be very powerful for the parents. Learning from each other's experience through the internet is almost like the Life Magazine of this century.

According to an article in The New York Times, there were two recent studies on how and why nurturing children change from one generation to the next generation.

The first research is from the researchers of Ohio State University. The study shows that some patterns in nurturing children are passed down from one generation to the next generation but only to a point.

The second research is from Wellesley College, Markella Rutherford who is an assistant professor of sociology. This study reveals that children's freedom to go outside is restricted. Thus it requires an understanding of the social changes that shift attention from public participation toward private self-expression.

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