What are some of the most difficult problems parents face today?

@mamasan34 (6521)
United States
May 14, 2007 8:23am CST
It seems we are in a more complex society these days! What are some of the more difficult problems parents face today?
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@RenaeT (688)
• United States
15 May 07
If I were a parent today, I think I'd be scared to send my kids to school for fear they'd not make it home alive. My son will be 30 years old Thursday, so it's been a long long time since he was a kid, but I think parents must have more fears about kidnapping and molesting than they used to.
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@mamasan34 (6521)
• United States
15 May 07
Renae, I fear that every day my daughter walks out of my front door. I hesitate sometimes because I want to tell her I will take you to school and I will pick you up. I just don't want anything to happen to her. I remember when I was growing up we used to play for hours on end and not a worry in my mind about molesters or kidnappers. My parents didn't worry either. Now we all worry about our kids and are they going to make it home alive today! I live on a military base so I don't fear so much as I used to, but I still worry nonetheless.
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@RenaeT (688)
• United States
15 May 07
I feel for you. When I was little, my sister and I walked to school all the time. It was sort of far for little kids, but we walked without fear. One time, when we lived in Denver, I was in about 2nd grade or 1st maybe, I missed the turn that I was supposed to take to walk to my grandmas beauty salon. I was scared about being lost, and there was a man fixing a fire hydrant or something, so I went up to him crying and asked him to help. He walked me up the sidewalk to the house, knocked on the door and asked the nice lady to help me. They looked my grandma's beauty shop up in the phone book and grandma came and got me. I couldn't imagine what could happen to a little girl these days getting lost like that. And, the way parents have to teach them to not talk to strangers, would they even feel comfortable asking for help???
@mamasan34 (6521)
• United States
15 May 07
That is frightening isn't it! I had that happen to me too. I was visiting with my mom to her friends house and I went out for a walk, the houses all looked the same and I couldn't remember which one was hers and I remember feeling so scared and was crying. Then I saw them come out of the house to look for me and I ran to my mom and she started laughing because I was in the front yard of the house. hahaha! But if that were to happen today, I would be so scared if my child disappeared like that. Thanks!
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• India
14 May 07
I agree with most parents who gave their opinion before me on this discussion. Exposure is the main thing we got to worry about these days. Kids are exposed to so many things at such a young age, about which we came to know much later in life. You got to keep the communication channels open and be prepared to answer a lot of questions you never dreamed a young child could possibly ask. Everything is not so bad also, kids are smarter they learn things faster than us, we but the bottom line is they get to know a lot more because of TV, internet and surroundings and we have to work very hard to monitor what they are watching and who they are going out with. In a way you could say we can trust our kids a little lesser than our parents trusted us, simply because times are so unsafe now. We do probably not, not trust our children but the surroundings make us a little more paranoid than the usual.
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@mamasan34 (6521)
• United States
15 May 07
Communication is the key for sure. But it is so hard to communicate with a child who doesn't want to talk to you, lol! Things are much more complicated in this day and age especially due to the exposure that we have in our modern era!
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@easyzheng (666)
• China
14 May 07
From my experince, the most difficult problem parents are faced with at present society is how to communicate with their children. With the highly development of the globe, and the rapid change of culture and economy, I found it's much harder to communicate for my generation with my kid than my parents with their children in my age. I never know exact what my kid is thinking of. I don't know exactly what she likes or dislikes. I dare not say anything against her will....
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@mamasan34 (6521)
• United States
14 May 07
I too feel this way too. I try to talk to my daughter about how she feels or what she is thinking and I always get the answer "I don't know", how do you not know what you are thinking or how you are feeling? She doesn't feel she can talk to me sometimes and sometimes she does talk to me and ask me for advice and I feel good about that. We re faced with a problem of communication that is for sure.
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• India
14 May 07
1)problem of ignoring their student due to job pressure 2)same kind of problem due to nuclear family structure 3)problem of understanding their children due to generation gap
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@mamasan34 (6521)
• United States
14 May 07
these three are very true. we all have a generation gap and we too often forget what it was like to be a kid too. we are always worried about work and the pressures of day to day life that we miss or don't focus on our kids like we should from time to time, and students do have a lot of pressure on them from home, school and so on. Thanks for commenting!
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