Sue Scheff: Penguin Parenting – Is it really Black and/or White?

As we enter into 2010 parenting has taken on a whole new look, but has it really? 

Years ago our parents worried about us and what our future will be. Today: That is still the same.

Years ago our parents told us we needed to finish high school and get an education. Today: That is still the same.

Years ago our parents told us someday we would understand why they wouldn’t allow something.  Today: That is true, as we parent our own kids and think back about how we have come full circle.

Years ago our parents said we should respect authority, always.  Today: That is still the same.

Years ago our parents told us that we need to learn responsibility.  Today: That is still the same.

Is parenting really black and white?  If only it were that easy, however it is the same as it was years ago except:

  • You are reading this article online instead of picking up the paper off your front step.
  • You are conversing with your kids either via text or email.
  • You are learning about technology and how to not only keep your kids safe in general, you need to worry about what is lurking in cyberspace.

Yes, going into 2010 in the parenting world may be the same in a lot of ways, however today you have many more resources and access to become an educated parent – so those exceptions will help you learn more about what your kids are doing – both online and off!

Must read: Parenting 2010: Getting Ahead of Your Kids Virtually. (5 part series)

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