It’s not about blaming parents; many haven’t been taught how to parent because the cycle repeats. If your parents and their parents lack parenting skills, it’s easy to see why generations struggle.
In a society where a teenager pushing a stroller is considered ‘normal,’ it’s our fault if children aren’t raised well. Parenting skills should be taught, not assumed. Just like we don’t think people know how to drive without learning, we shouldn’t assume they automatically know how to parent.
I see stressed parents and kids, and it’s not their fault. The mental health crisis is real!!
When did a teenage boy learn what it means to be a father? Did a teenage girl attend classes on motherhood? Physical attributes don’t automatically make someone a good parent. Fortunately, I had lovely, grounded parents who were great at parenting, yet I still found it challenging!
We must go back to basics and make parenting classes mandatory for youths. Parenting is hard work, and having a baby isn’t just glamorous; it comes with responsibility.
Let’s emphasise the importance of parenting skills for a child’s emotional and social development, positive relationships, discipline, and overall well-being. Government and third-sector organisations must support people in honing these skills to prepare children for a successful future.