Suffering From Serious
Parenting Issues?

There is a whole load of Parenting issues in our society that concerns parents today. However out of all these issues there are three major ones that stands out which are sex, drugs, bullying and are the ones we are writing about on this page.

Research has shown that sex is at the top of this list out of these parenting issues that worries parents today. Due to the fact that today’s society displays sexual connotation in it’s movies, music videos, billboards, and advertisements which sublimely programmes our teenagers to be sexual active as a normal course in growing up.

One main reason why sex is so much of a vital concern is because we live in the age of deadly sexual diseases which one slip up can cause your life. Furthermore the increase in sexual activity is a direct relation to the increase in teenage pregnancies, however most parents find it difficult to hold sexual conversation with their teenagers. This might be due to a strong family ethics, religious persuasion, moral issues or simply don’t know how to start the discussion.

Regardless of the circumstances most parents believe that their teenagers should wait until they are much older, properly mature, both mentally and emotionally, before engaging in sexual intercourse.

Developing the art of parenting with positive thinking allows you to have a positive outlook on your child and these parenting issues. Here are a few tips you can used to educate your teen about sex:

* Teach about the male and female reproductive systems and how their body work.

* Express values such as; abstinence, courtship and sex after marriage.

* Teach your teen that sexuality is a natural aspect of adolescence and does not necessarily mean beginning of sexual activity.

Remember sex education is a process, a continuous topic of discussion and can be used to build trust between you and your child. Most importantly, listen to your teen when he/she confides in you, be calm, and do not react negatively.

Our second most pressing parenting issues is on the topic of drugs. most parents are concerned whether their child is taking illegal drugs. Now how can parents tell and what can they do about it? Of our greatest concern is why do young people use drugs or even try it. Here are a few reasons why:

* Having fun, or peer pressure from friends.

* Curiosity and experimentation.

* Depression: I want to feel better.

Using good parenting skills is about helping young people to live healthy lives. Preparing them in the best way possible to make healthy decisions is the most important thing any parent can do.

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BULLYING AND ITS EFFECTS

In reference to bullying this can take on many forms such as teasing, spreading rumours, such as causing physical harm, pushing people around, excluding people from groups and threatening others.

Bullying can be viewed as a form of discrimination, in that it attacks peoples social identity such as their Race, Religion, Appearance, Character and just for being themselves. Example a child can be bullied for being clever, black, white or overweight.

The effects of bullying makes teenagers miserable, as well as it undermines their confidence. Bullying can cause sadness, loneliness, low self esteem, fear, depression which can lead to suicidal thoughts and in some cases suicide.

Effective parenting is about being aware of these pivotal parenting issues. Here are some tips to recognise if your child is being bullied and how to get help.

* If your children tells you they are been bullied, listen to them and don’t dismiss it as part of growing up.

* Keep a record of bullying incidents, which can be used as facts to show the school. Be specific e.g. names of people involved and dates of incidents.

*Make a note of the Action the school is going to take. Stay in touch with the school to find out if the situation is improving.

* Most importantly make the child feel safe. Listen to their fears and reassure him / her by letting them know it is not their fault and help rebuild their self confidence.

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