Kids these days…
Are changing and yeah they are not the same as having seen in the last decade.
Child psychology deals not only with how children grow physically, but with their mental, emotional, and social development as well. However, development involves much more than the influences that arise from within an individual as childhood plays an important role in every individual’s life and the most important part of life.
Understanding children’s eating attitudes and behaviour is important in terms of children’s health. Parental attitudes must certainly affect their children indirectly through the foods purchased for and served in the household influencing the children’s exposure and their preferences. Some research has explored the impact of controlling food intake by rewarding the consumption of ‘healthy food’ as in ‘if you eat your vegetables I will be pleased with you’. Although these practices can induce children to eat more vegetables in the short run, evidence suggests that in the long run parental control attempts may have negative effects on the quality of children’s diets by reducing their preferences for those foods.
“It’s all about binge-watching these days,”
It’s what Netflix wants now. Adults including children are consuming their content in much larger doses. It’s not just Netflix, There’s more serialized animation for children today than there ever has been before. Traditional broadcasters don’t want to worry about things like continuity, what matters to them is freedom and flexibility. For a service like Amazon Video – whose children’s programs, including Tumble Leaf, Just Add Magic and Niko tend to appear on the platform in season-sized batches – there is no need to rely upon an audience to return to any given show over time. The content is all on hand, instantly; kids can devour a 20-episode story in a single afternoon.
“How will someone come to think of storytelling after an adolescence spent enjoying season-long arcs on TV?”
Both children and parents say strong reading skills are among the most important skills children should have, though fewer kids than parents say this. It is seen that 75% of parents with kids ages 6-11 agree: “ I wish my kid would read more books for fun”. As children grow older, reading competes with many activities. More children are playing games or apps and more are using a smartphone or other handheld device for going online 5–7 days a week than in years past. Reading enjoyment declines sharply after age 8. Girls are more likely than are boys to say reading books for fun is extremely or very important, although boys and girls are less likely to say this compared to years past.
“I am Hungry!!” “In a sec I will stop at the drive-thru” “I am Thirsty!” “Here is a vending machine.” “I am bored!” “Use my phone!”
The ability to delay gratification is one of the key factors for future success. We have the best intentions to make our child happy but unfortunately, we make them happy at the moment but miserable in the long term. To be able to delay gratification means to be able to function under stress. Our children are gradually becoming less equipped to deal with even minor stressors, which eventually become huge obstacles to their success in life.
Kids used to play outside, wherein unstructured natural environments, they learned and practised their social skills. Unfortunately, technology replaced the outdoor time. Also, technology made the parents less available to socially interact with their child. Obviously, our kids fall behind…
Of course, we can combat all this,
- Make a schedule for meal times, sleep times, technology time
- Think of what is GOOD for them- not what they WANT/DON’T WANT.
- Convert things that they don’t like doing/trying into fun, emotionally stimulating games
- LIMIT TECHNOLOGY, AND RECONNECT WITH YOUR KIDS EMOTIONALLY
- Make them wait!!! It is ok to have “I am bored“ time – this is the first step to creativity
- Teach your child to do monotonous work from early years as it is the foundation for future “workability”.
- Teach social skills: Teach them to turn to take, sharing, losing/winning, compromising, complimenting others, using “please and thank you”.
So.. kids these days are sensitive and caring and yeah, they make mistakes so do adults!