How will parenting in 2020 be different from 2019? Data from Facebook suggests nine ways:
1. Better self-care habits. For parents, this could mean enjoying - and teaching their kids to enjoy - life’s simple pleasures: taking a walk, having a proper bath or allowing yourself to crave for certain things without having to feel guilty.
2. All things gender-neutral - from gender-neutral Barbie dolls and modern names to raising a gender-neutral baby.
3. The move away from Instamum culture. A social media cleanse can give mums a breather so that they don't experience the fear-of-missing-out syndrome while scrolling up and down Instagram photos of other mums having perfect get away holidays with their kids.
4. Normalising anxiety. Nowadays parents and their kids are encouraged to speak openly about their mental health, and seek help.
5. Hands-on approach to creativity and education. DIY culture is thriving and even schools are incorporating technologies in their curricula such as 3D printing, electronic prototypes and laser cutting.
6. Embracing post-partum bodies. In 2020, it is all about instilling positivity, uplifting each other and seeing the beautiful even in imperfections.
7. Environmental consciousness which translates into mindfulness in living. When parents adopt this at home, their kids learn how to be aware as well.
8. Less screen time, more audiobooks. Audiobooks are said to also help in developing crucial listening and concentration, which are important skills to have.
9. Health at the forefront. Parents these days are more conscious about what they feed their child, even searching for ways to improve health and brain development.
Source: South China Morning Post, 30 December 2019. Read the full article.