I'll never forget how my friend's grandma once summed up why modern moms and dads seem to have it so tough. She said, "You people today are so busy parenting. We never parented, we just raised our kids."
It seems like a small distinction, but it's an important one. Being a parent in earlier generations is seen by many (including my friend's grandma) as pure simplicity; it was all about getting a tiny human from infancy to adulthood without letting them run into traffic or become the next Al Capone. But was it really all that simple?
These days, raising kids has morphed into "Parenting" with a capital P, and say what you want about parenting of the past, things today are definitely more complicated. That's what inspired Constance Hall, Australian mom and blogger, to write a Facebook post that has since gone viral and started a fascinating conversation, for reasons you're about to see.