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Balanced Approach to Parenting

May 28, 2018
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In today’s fast-paced, technology-driven world, parenting can be extremely challenging. As we live in a rapidly changing environment parenting calls for special attention to children. Parents have been tempted to pick up books on parenting due to their easy availability in this information age. With the advent of the information age, a concept is known as “neuro parenting” came to light that advocates a scientific approach to raising kids.

As a concept, “neuro parenting” has evolved over the last decade to better understand the human mind and gradually answer the questions related to early brain development. There have been debates and questions raised by educationists as to whether the scientific approach of raising children discussed in the parenting books does more harm than good. “Is it healthy to treat a child like a science project while upbringing her/ him?” is a question asked by many.

The scientific approach is gaining popularity, as it helps parents develop better awareness about how a child learns. Be it learning to speak or walk, parents can keep a tab on these milestones during the early years. The environment and upbringing in the early years matter a lot and influences a child’s development. Time devoted to parents is an important factor. In support of scientific approach to parenting, some are of the extreme view that parents should have compulsory courses on parenting to make sure that their children grow up well-adjusted and school-ready.

Contrary to the above, following a rigid scientific approach has also been reported to cause unwarranted stress and pressure to parents, particularly mothers. Even research on neuroscience has not been able to clearly understand brain development in a growing child. Moreover, a scientific approach rules out other ways of perception or acquisition of knowledge through experience or intuition. For some fields, scientific research has led to efficient standardization and has been helpful.

However, parenting is dependent on so many variables that even the most robust scientific theory would be challenged. With scientific approach to parenting, an enormous amount of pressure comes on parents with pre-requisites about what to do and what not to do with their children. With this unnatural approach, the child’s existence is completely ignored. What ultimately matters is the ability of the parents to offer steadfast love and affection that is beyond the scope of science to quantify and conceptualize.

So, we may conclude from the above discussion that a purely scientific approach to parenting may not be advisable as it may ignore the intuitive and emotional aspect of being a parent. Hence, one needs to strike a balance between scientific approach and the instinctive approach to parenting for upbringing one’s child in the best possible way. We must be aware of the limits of analytical approach when it comes to children’s growth.

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