Are you a parent who feels overwhelmed by the constant need to monitor your child’s every move? Do you feel like your child’s success is a reflection of your own self-worth?
It’s time to take a step back and embrace a new parenting trend called “Sittervising.” In this approach, parents supervise from a distance, allowing their child to learn and play independently while also giving themselves some much-needed mental breaks. Let’s take a closer look at this trend and how it can benefit both parents and children.
The Exhausting Trend of Overparenting
For the past few decades, parenting has been driven by fears that children might be injured or worse. Parents have been expected to be within arm’s reach of their children at all times, and to engage in continuous play with them. This “continuing parenting” has left parents exhausted and burned out, and has given children the idea that they need a parent to plan, guide, protect, and even do things for them.
Sittervising: The New Trend in Parenting
Enter Sittervising. Children need their parents, but they also need to learn how to be independent and self-sufficient. Sittervising is a way for parents to supervise from a distance, allowing their child to grow in autonomy and self-confidence. It gives parents the opportunity to observe their child being themselves, while also taking a much-needed mental break.
The Benefits of Sittervising
Sittervising can benefit both parents and children in a number of ways. For parents, it provides a way to step back from the exhausting trend of overparenting, and to take a break from constantly monitoring their child’s every move. It can also help parents avoid the stress and burnout that can come with being constantly “on” as a parent.
For children, Sittervising can help to boost their independence, self-esteem, and problem-solving skills. It allows them to explore and learn on their own, without feeling like they need a parent to guide them every step of the way.
Tips for Practicing Sittervising
To practice Sittervising, start by allowing your child to play independently in a safe setting where you can keep an eye on them. Let them explore and learn on their own, and resist the urge to step in and direct their play. Make sure your child knows that you are there if they need you, but that you also have other things you need to do.
Remember that it’s important to supervise from a distance, while still ensuring your child’s safety. And don’t be afraid to let your child get bored now and then. Allowing them to figure out how to occupy their own time can help them develop problem-solving skills and creativity.
So why not give Sittervising a try? Your child might surprise you with their independence and self-sufficiency, and you might just find that you have a little more time for self-care and relaxation.