Uncomplicated parenting is making a comeback, and we’re here for it!
Raising a family is a challenging, yet rewarding experience that is filled with surprises, laughter, and love. With so many opinions and parenting advice available today, it can be confusing to determine what works best for your family. In this article, we’ll explore some of the parenting trends that parents are embracing, and discuss their advantages. Whether you decide to embrace these trends or not, it’s essential to make decisions based on what you believe is best for your family.
Remember the days when families used to sit around the table and share the events of the day? Well, that’s a trend that’s making a comeback. Mealtimes are a perfect opportunity for families to reinforce their values and rules. Children can discuss their dreams and goals, talk about current events and politics, and even help with cooking, setting the table, and cleaning up. The little chores that kids do can teach them cooperation and good work ethics. Sharing meals and conversation around the table can bring families closer and foster laughter and good conversation.
A Return of Family Celebrations
Gone are the days of extravagant birthday parties for two-year-old toddlers. Simple home-based birthday parties with a few friends seem to be the norm now. Destination weddings may still be popular for some, but with the economy being what it is, many families are opting for church or backyard weddings, or even back-to-nature venues such as lakes, forests, or mountaintops.
With the 2020 lockdowns forcing families to be isolated from each other, holidays and funerals are now bringing extended family and friends together. Potluck dinners and game nights are popular, too, with families gathering to play board games, puzzles, charades, and more.
It’s never too early to start learning to work. Home is the perfect place to practice, and children need to know they are an asset to their family. Although they may complain about doing chores, they will feel a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment when they complete them.
Having something that they are in charge of instills a good work ethic, which will serve them throughout their life. But this trend takes time and a lot of parental guidance to be successful. Consistency and follow-through are key, or chores can become a source of contention.
Making Time for Learning Together
Online schooling and lockdowns have taken a toll on family learning time, but the trend of learning alongside your child is making a comeback. Seeing your child’s smile as they learn and gain new skills by your side will fill you with joy. Your child will also gather wisdom that can’t be learned in a classroom.
The Tuttle Twins books are a great resource for family learning time and offer insights into real problems and solutions. Check out the Free Market Rules! economics curriculum with age-appropriate lessons for all your kids, plus lessons for parents! Family learning is where it’s at!
Talking About Money
Financial responsibility is an important life skill, and it’s essential to teach your children about money. However, it’s not healthy to burden your child with full financial disclosure, especially if your finances are in a poor state. Let your child know the basic concepts of your family’s financial situation, and encourage them to take responsibility by taking a job or doing extra chores to earn their own money. As your child matures, they can learn to budget and save. The Tuttle Twins books offer easy-to-understand topics to help you and your child understand some of the complexities of economics and personal responsibility.
These are just a few of the parenting trends that are worth mentioning. Each of these trends has positive outcomes and can bring families closer together. Remember, as a parent, it’s essential to make decisions based on what you believe is best for yourself and your values, and to have the courage to stand by those decisions.
Nobody know your kids better than you do, and no one is more qualified than you to raise, teach, and mentor your kids. You’ve got this!