These are very interesting times to be a parent! The world is changing so fast!! Access to information is at the click of a button…. the distinction between what is acceptable behavior, what is right or wrong is becoming more blurry…. our children at whatever age are increasingly getting exposed to any and every topic Same sex marriage…premarital sex… alcohol… drugs… faith & religious beliefs… and they have questions. Questions that can be thought provoking and sometimes leave you in shock and speechless.
Our children are smart, studying and discussing issues in primary 1 that I honestly don’t recall coming in contact with until when I was in secondary school! They are also generally very confident and not easily cowered into accepting pat answers. Their inquisitive and lightning fast minds are searching for answers that are logical and “make sense”. It’s obvious that “because I said so”; “because I am your parent”; “God forbid” or “I reject it” are no longer acceptable and satisfactory answers for their curious minds. Now more than ever, leaving them unsatisfied can prove very costly. If we do not answer them satisfactorily they will keep searching for answers from the various sources available to them – friends, social media etc. and with all the dogma being peddled your guess is as good as mine.
Seriously dads & mums with the internet we really have no excuse not to have at least a basic knowledge about issues that are trending and the impact they have on our children.
Let’s not get so bogged down with the hustle and bustle of earning a living or be so detached from reality that we fail see what’s happening right under our noses. Let’s begin to make those small information upgrades because when it comes to parenting, Ignorance is definitely not bliss!