2018 dawned with the hope of a new year with new beginnings and breakthroughs, of peace and harmony and of good health and prosperity. Yet challenges do loom ahead in 2018, especially for children. The increasing onslaught of video games and internet on the children’s mind, the excessive burden of academics, unhealthy competition…all these prove to be major deterrents to the personality development of the child. so yes, raising kids is a challenge for parents in 2018.
Challenges for parents to raise kids in 2018
Limiting internet and social media usage
The internet has become an inevitable part of your kid’s life. Even for school projects, he has to source the internet. But the internet can be intrusive and hazardous through its spam emails, junk pop-ups and random feeds. Censoring social media and internet usage is a major challenge for parents in 2018.
In 2018, the “Blue Whale challenge” claimed lives of many innocent kids. Unknowingly children became hapless victims by downloading this online game. This shocking incident made parents realize how dangerous internet and social media could get.
So parents must learn to censor the children’s social media usage, limit internet usage, block unwanted sites and have access to their online accounts always.
Violence has spread like wildfire in the world today. In the US, gunning incidents at schools have become common while back home in India, assaults on female kids are prevalent. Teaching children to steer clear of violence is challenging in 2018 but parents have to take a firm stand.
Children must be made to understand that “violence cannot appease any angry soul, only love can.” Kids must be taught to handle their tempers better and anger-management sessions must be taken in class to combat stress.
Saying no to suicide
Academic stress and competitive exams like NEET are demoralizing children to a great extent. Suicides of children failing to clear such entrance tests have become quite common. Counselling children against such suicidal thoughts is a major challenge for parents in 2018.
Children must be made to understand that academics alone is not life. And also that failing once in an exam does not make you a zero. They must be taught that suicide is cowardice and it is brave to face failure and try again. Parents must give moral support to such children and guide them carefully towards repeat attempts to gain success.
When your child comes to high school, he becomes a book-bearer. It is pathetic to see children struggle with books, guides, worksheets and what not. Plodding through scholastic studies take a toll on children and is a major challenge.
Parents must seek alternate ways like practised learning to make studies easier. They must also help the child indulge in sports activities and hobbies to refresh his mind.
Perfection is painful
These days, there is an over-emphasis on perfection. Parents want their kids to study like an IITian, play football like Ronaldo, sing like Shankar Mahadevan and in short be a perfect possession. This is not challenging but stressful for a child.
After all, a child is a child. Let him be. It is his failings and eccentricities that make him lovable. Do not turn him into a robot by aiming at perfection.
How can practised learning help combat these challenges of 2018?
- Practised learning helps children gain confidence in studies. This helps in the overall personality development of the child.
- Through practised learning, the child combats stress and depression and bans suicidal thoughts.
- Practise learning makes your kid engrossed in studies leaving him no time for idling on social media.
- Practised learning sharpens the focus of your child towards his career and life.
Life is full of challenges. Help your child surmount each and every challenge by guiding him rightly and supporting him every step of the way. Connect with Letspractise to gain more useful insights on child development and academic excellence.