6 Parenting Challenges You Face when You Have a Child

Being a mom or dad is a big challenge. Your life is transformed and a series of concerns come to your mind about how to raise that little being who totally depends on you. We are almost always improvising on unknown scenarios, but how about taking a few minutes to analyze some parenting challenges that will come to you with the arrival of your baby?

6 Modern Parenting Challenges

According to the 2021 Modern Parenting Index prepared by Nestlé and the consulting firm Kantar, based on the opinion of more than 8,000 mothers and fathers of babies from 0 to 12 months in 16 countries, including Mexico, these are the main challenges that parents face.

1. A hyper connected world

32% of new parents said that despite living in a world where friends and family are just a WhatsApp message away, it is very common to feel that they are alone with the baby. This is because parenting has continual doubts.

2. Peer pressure

51% of those surveyed said they felt observed and under a lot of pressure about how to raise children.

3. Guilt: the biggest parenting challenge

45% agreed that new parents take on a lot of blame which has a long-term impact.

The main factors that lead to guilt are going back to work, leaving the children in someone else’s care and not knowing if they are being a good parent.

4. Unexpected realities

31% said they were not prepared for the reality of being a mom or dad, they were shocked. 53% recognized that it is more work than they expected.

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5. Unrequested advice

60% of respondents felt that everyone had an opinion on how to raise children.

6. Shared parenting

Of the fathers and mothers surveyed, 62% believe that men are more involved in the care of their children than previous generations.

There is still room for improvement in this area, with only 49% stating that childcare responsibilities are shared equally between the mother and her partner.

Translated by: Ligia M. Oliver Manrique de Lara

Spanish version: Here

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