Being a parent has so many joyous moments, but nobody said that it doesn’t come without its fair share of responsibility. The world that we live in is far from simple, and protecting our children from some of its dangers is one of the principal roles that every parent must take on.
Failing to do so will not only expose your children to a whole series of possible risks, but also, according to a variety of experts, may also cause some setbacks in the development of the child’s personality as they approach adulthood.
Not so long ago, in what were probably simpler times, parents would find it very uncomfortable to discuss what were thought of as being “ unpleasant” subjects with their children, preferring to believe that their children would not encounter these problems until they became adults.
For the good or the bad, we live now in a very fast paced society and it’s simply a matter of fact that if parents procrastinate in discussing taboo subjects with their children, they will get information from another source, and possibly in a manner that they will not be emotionally equipped to deal with.
That’s why parents have to “bite the bullet” and establish a formula on how to discuss these taboo subjects with their children. Obviously, the younger the child, the easier the discussion on the subject will need to be. It can be very dangerous to instill exaggerated fears into a child’s young and usually fertile imagination. On the other hand, the subject should not be treated lightly. Parents of younger children have to deal with are generally well known, and they generally take into account being wary of strangers.
As a child grows and begin to approach the teen years then all the subjects of sexual awakening have to be dealt with. Usually at this stage parents split their roles, with women dealing with growing young woman, the four stages in menstruation and the changes their body will go through. The man of the house has to take on the slightly less complicated role of talking to their sons about certain aspects of sexual health, contraception and even if they have the stomach for it, the risks of excessive masturbation.
As the children get older the risks and the taboo subjects become wider. Not only to parents have to touch upon the risks from outside their normal frame of life, but also taboo subjects that the children can bring upon themselves. These can range from smoking, drinking alcohol and the worst of all, getting involved in any form of drug culture. Add to that, all the dangers of becoming hooked on social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter, and how to keep their online activities in moderation.
Generally speaking as children get older they tend to automatically doubt the word of their parents and their very good intentions. That’s why the very act of discussing taboo topics with teenage children can be a very daunting task. However, a parent would be shirking their responsibility, if they give up because their efforts to warn and persuade appear to be falling on deaf ears.