I worry about employment opportunities, ability to get the housing market...for my children even though they are grown up. My parents did not worry as I remember there were so many choices - you could choose a profession and there would be opportunities...
Social media Acess to inappropriate materials bombarding of children and young people from every angle by media Too much information and the muddying of parameters what and how we can parent so for me abundance in material things austerity in nurture and opportunity
I am sure though our mothers worried to the sane capacity but about different factors
I worry that my child may end up living in poverty ... bizarre and unlikely but I still fear it x
Not bizarre at all, but a sad reality, even for kids with a university education. Student loan debt, rising housing costs, and small shrinking social supports mean young people today are at far greater risk...
I fear that our children won't be able to know the sense of freedom that we had. With cameras, CCTV, GPS, phones etc they are always at someone's beck and call. Every mistake is captured and has consequences. A poor comment on social media can be devastating later in life when finding a job. As young people, we could make mistakes and learn from them without the whole world knowing about them. Some parts of it allows safety, but the flip side can be sinister too.
My son is very independent and fearless and I worry about him on his travels - although he's very capable of looking after himself, I worry about random events.
I was born 4 days before the Cuban missile crisis which my parents ignored because I was sent to the only incubator in the West Midlands in Birmingham without my parents -weighing just under 4 lb. I think my parents were quite good at worrying about the immediate and not the big picture. Perhaps it was growing up in WW2.
I worry today about health and safety issues mostly around my daughter and her travels around London and abroad. Similar to Sue I think about random events. Also recently I worry about flu outbreaks and the effect it may have on young people.
I worry about social media for my teens, the addictive nature of screens, shrinking social supports, rising levels of debt, income inequality, and now, global instability and fewer opportunities. My teens are gutted to have lost their EU citizenship. I worry about climate change, increasing political polarization, and an education system that does not prepare kids for the 21st century. So.many.worries!
I tend not to worry to be honest. My Mum always used to say "no news is good news". My Mum also pointed out to one of my friends mother that "I wouldn't appreciated being wrapped up in cotton wool and I could die any day from any numerous situations" in response to whether I would be allowed to go to London for a school trip when it might get bombed by the IRA. I recall vividly thinking I would definitely not like to be wrapped up in cotton wool. There are 3 things I fear for my boys and that is them getting hurt/killed, them doing something which hurts others and them mourning if something happened to me or their Dad (I saw friends destroy themselves with grief). I can't do anything about the first other than arm them with as much sensible advice as possible. the second I hope that I have nurtured them to be kind and caring and the third I have actually said to them that if something happens to me the worse thing they could do is mourn me. If in anyway I could see them I would be most unhappy if they were unhappy :-)
I'm Sarah Misra I'm a mum to two children as well as working full time and studying for a doctorate. I research and write about the joys and challenges of mothering in the 21st Century.