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Changing Parenting Styles for the Adults of the 21st Century

The traditional Indian family with the saas bahut pota poti and Bhara Pura Sansaar is quite the cringe for GEN Z for whom, in fact, having children has been replaced by several other alternatives. For instance, human children are less preferable to dog or cat children or often times none at all, for many. Similarly conventional family structures are undergoing steady changes and replacements. Let’s see a few alternatives GEN Z has in mind with regard to planning a family:

ADOPTION

Adopting a child that needs a home is no new concept. But with changing times, the stigma surrounding adoption has lessened by significant deals. With famous celebrities like Sushmita Sen and Raveena Tandon adopting girl children,  people have accepted how lines of blood aren’t what always matter. Having a child is all about the love and selflessness. And what can be better suited than to give these much needed things to an infant unfortunate enough to be already present on the planet and then lack a home?

SINGLE PARENTS

Gone are the days when a single man or woman could not have a child of their own without marrying. Single parents can be way more dedicated to raising children than entire joint families quite often are. As times progress, we as a society must realise that parenting is a skill that must be learnt and isn’t something innate in every individual. Any two pair of humans can birth a child but raising it is a different ballgame altogether. Being a single parent is tough but a choice taken only by those who really want to and are sure of raising a child with all that it needs. Though it is definitely more difficult for men to be a single father to their own or an adopted child due to our societal limitations of thought, times are a changing.

UNLABELLED RELATIONSHIPS

Labels are a flimsy thing. In modern relationships, one of the most dreaded factor is the label of a relationship. A lot of people in fact are understanding now that to live  with a person one loves under the same roof after a certain age of maturity has been reached, need not be branded and stamped under the tag of marriage. Several couples stay together for years without terming themselves husband and wife. Several individuals in these relationships wish to raise a young member too. That member can be their birth-child or an adopted kid. Either ways, the child gets an unconventional home albeit one with love and affection. And after all, we are all the products of conditioning, what is the harm served if the young of the society  learn to love and live without a sense of entitled security?

LGBTQIA Parents

A popular Hollywood movie called The BirdCage made for a strong and heartwarming case of a gay couple raising a son. Though the son had a biological mother divorced from one of his dads, he grew up with two dads fulfilling the gender roles of either parent. A recent Netflix series called AJ and the Queen showed how a drag queen made a better mother for a little girl than her biological mom. Androgynous people, queer people or simply gender fluid people have the right to parent the young of society. Several times the complications of sex and gender, the biological ones arising between what was assigned to them at birth but  what they identify as  the mismatched w.r.t. their biological bodies vis-à-vis  their inner gender identities,  makes it difficult for individuals to birth children by natural means. However as society has progressed and people have learnt to accept newer concepts of sex and gender, there are options available for gender fluid people to have and raise children. We only hope our law systems around the world make it easier for such individuals to live full and satisfying lives at par with gender conforming people.

DOG/ CAT MOMS  (CANINE  Moms/Dads)

This is a popular concept amongst millennials today. Raising pets like human children. Several young people today have the means to keep dogs and cats at home and love them just like their own children. Several pet lovers long to. Rearing a good many ( say 5 dogs and 4 cats) pets is the dream of many young people today. Dogs are all about love and cats all about the cuteness. Well, kids can be quite annoying at times, truth be spoken. We totally understand the motivation behind this this newly emergent concept.

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