Millennial moms are a growing and influential force in the world of contemporary parenting, and they are influencing the direction of parenting in the future. However, many parents feel like they’re not doing enough for their children, and that has become one of the most common challenges parents face when raising a child.
But we’re here to tell you that you are not alone and parenting is an ongoing process that develops and evolves. To help you, here are some of the biggest trends in parenting you can adopt in 2023..
Let Kids Be Kids
We frequently make demands of our children without recognizing how unreasonable they are. The good news is that more parents are considering what their kids could need.
We allow open-ended playtime rather than planning every minute of our child’s day. We know the advantages of letting our kids explore, inquire, solve problems, and be curious. Kids need room to play and be kids. For example, it’s normal for children to play with furniture and wires in the house, it’s just a matter of keeping cables organized and fragile stuff hidden and out of sight especially of the children.
Children do not have the space to flourish and grow when given strict timetables and detailed instructions.
Simply put, let your kids goof around. Remember to laugh because this will pass as well.
Allow Them to Be Vulnerable
The focus of the past years was accepting our mental health difficulties. It’s time to fortify our support networks in 2023 because we now communicate with family, friends, and other relatives and appreciate their importance. It entails guiding children through the isolation and depression that the pandemic brought. You must encourage your children to begin reestablishing their groups and friendships and allow them to utilize the assistance programs that they had previously been unable to access due to lockdowns while doing so. In 2023, parenting is about protecting our and our children’s mental health and securing the support everyone deserves.
Experience Over Material Things
More and more parents are emphasizing experiences above possessions this year. Children often lack an understanding of the worth of money or worldly goods. They place a higher importance on experiences than material things. Therefore, giving kids experiences they will remember rather than expensive gifts they would quickly outgrow makes more sense. Additionally, if you give your child an experience, she will always remember you and the special memories you helped her make.
Children are naturally curious. Given their natural curiosity, you shouldn’t be surprised if they keep asking you questions or expressing their opinions to you. These queries can become tiresome at times. Similarly, having your children talk to you about mundane events can rapidly get old. But as a parent, you must prioritize your child and give her the sense that she is being heard. Your child may feel ignored if you don’t pay attention to her, which may lower her self-esteem as she gets older. Even worse, it might negatively impact your connection with one another.
A more gender-neutral outlook on parenting is another intriguing trend that will be huge in 2023. Blue for boys and pink for girls are gradually dated. It’s acceptable that boys can cry and girls can do sports. Parents must stop packing their children into boxes. A gender-neutral mindset gives your child access to more chances in life. Additionally, she will value having more freedom of opinion, speech, and choice. Your children will become more improved and well-rounded individuals due to this.
Value Personal Engagement
To maintain our sanity during the last few years, we have spent much time turning to technology and gadgets for comfort. You probably had to turn to screens because you were trapped at home with your kid and needed a break from them so you could relax for a while.
However, this will change in 2023 as more parents decide to create experiences and deeper connections with their kids and each other. Focus on real interactions rather than online ones, and give your kids your time and support. It is a straightforward parenting style that is simple to implement but will impact your child’s long-term growth.
Letting Go of Shoulds, Supposed To’s, and Have To’s
Parents have spent much time judging their parenting styles and those of others. We adopt our ideas about what it means to be a good parent and how that should appear. We struggle to identify our mistakes the moment our lives depart from this ideal. The majority of mothers believe they should be doing more and place the blame on themselves when a problem emerges. Parents will be freed if they let go of their unreasonable expectations and unending comparisons.
Take some time to think about what your children need, but don’t let it come at the expense of your development or self-growth.
As you can see, this year is all about being a better parent. The importance of concerns related to mental health is unchanged from the previous year. By ensuring your children that you are present and available to chat and listen to them anytime they need you, you can aid their search for and acquisition of support.
Parents must also practice self-compassion and kindness while developing original ways to strengthen their relationships with their children and, more significantly, with themselves. May this year bring about a more composed and understanding parents who know that occasionally breaking the rules is acceptable.