Parenting seems to evolve by the day. The coming of new ways of life and aspects such as technology has led to changes in parenting trends in raising children. This modern trend involves the heavy involvement of social media in daily parenting activities.
When a Reddit user asked people the parenting trends that they disagreed with, many came and shared their opinions. Some are very concerning.
A Reddit user going by the name hoperises8765 talked about the parenting trend that involved putting everything on social media. These days, most parents share every moment of their children’s lives on social media. They also include the intimate moments they share as parents and children, leaving one to wonder if everything had to be put out there for people to see.
On putting everything on social media, a parenting trend that seemed too off to this user was the first bath. This is where the parent films the child as they get the first bath. As they film, they do not consider respecting the child’s privacy.
There is also the aspect of the nudity of the child. Most of the time, photos and films are taken when the children are either fully naked or half nude. This user stated that children deserved privacy.
A user named House_stark mentioned how parents with disabled children film every bit of their lives. He noted that several families post the films of their autistic children such that the entire lives of these children are online.
Parenting ought to consider a child’s entire life, according to a user by the name IWasDosedByYou. This vital detail needs to be included in modern parenting trends as parents post films or photos that may adversely affect children once they become adults.
The parenting trend that a user by the name weulz cited involved putting a child’s private moments online. It might be a way to stay on trend as a parent, but later on, the child may find it and feel bad because they will feel like the parents were being mean to them.
Modern parenting trends also involved posting moments when children were sick and in hospital beds. They are not in good shape; they are probably in pain and very uncomfortable, but for some reason, the parent takes a photo or video and posts it online.
A user named AussieCollector mentioned the trend in which parents make money from filming and posting against their child’s will. This user went ahead to state that this might eventually work against them.
Parenting in this era has created parents who can watch and film their child crying instead of doing the needful as a parent to comfort the child.
The parenting trend involving exposing every bit of a child’s life has made children uncomfortable in their homes. A user named Zomgirlxoxo mentioned how these children might one day decide to take legal action once they become adults.
Zomgirlxoxo also cites that the modern parenting trend fails to look at consent. Children may not have a detailed understanding of the issue of support, but parents ought to handle them with dignity.
Then there are the parents who solicit gifts and help from strangers for their children. This especially happens to parents who have autistic children.
Apart from autistic children who have been mentioned in this thread, some parents have other disabled children, and they use their condition to solicit pity points from strangers online.
Though parents have jumped into the parenting trend of posting videos and pictures online, this fails to consider that digital footprints are difficult to erase. Meaning the child may see them when they become adults.
Becoming a parent in this era where social media seem to be the centre of everything has influenced how people carry out their parenting activities. However, some parenting trends are not good and may have negative implications for the child.
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