Parenting styles have changed over the years in response to the rapid changes in the world. Whether it is tapping technology or applying the best parenting practices to meet a parenting need, parents nowadays generally invest more time in finding out how best to raise their children.
Modern parents often look to the internet and social media for parenting advice. The availability of resources has helped modem parents engage more in their children’s development, both academically and emotionally. Modem parents are also more eager to find out effective parenting methods to help them raise disciplined and confident children.
A modem parenting style that has emerged is helicopter parenting， where parents are much too focused on their children. They help children with tasks they’re capable of doing on their own, like selecting activities and friends for them, or calling their teachers about homework matters. Such a parenting style can hold back the development of the children’s ability to handle responsibilities independently. Children might be ill-equipped with life skills such as doing laundry (洗衣),clearing their plates or coping with their schoolwork. Always protecting children from failures may also prevent them developing adaptability and acquiring skills like problem-solving.
On the other hand, parents in the past tended to monitor less. children were given more control over how to manage their schoolwork and choose their friends. Domestic helpers were also not the norm then, hence children of the past were often expected to shoulder the responsibilities of caring for younger brothers and sisters and managing housework. Living in the pre-internet age, parents were less informed about different parenting methods, and their parenting styles were guided more by their personalities, common sense and friendly advice from the extended family and neighbors, rather than by social media influences or parenting websites.
There is no one right way to raise a child. Each child is unique and should be raised differently by parents who are present but not wandering, who are supportive but not controlling, and who protect but not care too much.
4. What does the underlined word “tapping” mean in paragraph 1?
5. What is a distinctive characteristic of helicopter parenting?
6. What do we know about parents in the past?
A. They educated kids in a rigid way.
B. They overestimated their kids’ independence.
C. They afforded kids more space for self-growth.
D. They tended to stay away from social activities.
7. What does the text mainly tell us?
A. How to raise all-round children.
B. How to enhance parent-child bonds.
C. How parenting modes have shifted over the years.
D. How information technology boosts people’s lifestyles.
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