In the United States, childhood is changing significantly and now becoming an issue of concern. Children are growing up in a world with more technology and less parental supervision than the previous years. The definition of childhood has been redefined by what society deems appropriate for children to do on their own without adult assistance. These changes to childhood have multiple consequences on how the youths develop skills, interact with other people, and even see themselves. Apart from increased technology, there have also been changes in the sleep patterns among children. A study by Hale et al. found that children are now staying up later at night, which can lead to sleep deprivation (231). The lack of sleep can affect both their performance in school and their emotions while engaging in daily activities. The average amount of time a child spends awake before bedtime has increased by 1 hour per week since the 1980s (Hale et al. 243).
Most parents want to raise children who are well adjusted and successful. It is not easy being a parent in America as the pressures of the modern world are not always conducive to raising healthy children. However, parents will have to embrace particular strategies that will ensure the wellbeing of children. The first measure will be guardians ensuring children have enough to eat. Excellent feeding plays a vital role in promoting stable emotions. Lack of proper feeding habits results in irritable children, which means that they might be more likely to get into trouble at school or disobey their parents. Guardians also have to study the American culture and customs with the children. Togetherness in studies does not only create fun but also raises the comfort levels within the children, especially when interacting with the world. Among the topics to be handled during the studies is how American society works and the various expectations concerning the children.
Hale, Lauren, et al. “Youth Screen Media Habits and Sleep”. Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America, vol. 27, no. 2, 2018, pp. 229-245. Elsevier BV, Web.