Do you think one can be a good parent all the while binge watching the media? In my opinion the answer is a solid no. From personal experience I know that if a parent focuses all of their attention the the television or the internet for instance, they fail to pay any attention to their children. This is especially true of this binge media consumption happens on a regular daily basis for no specific reason.
Children need attention and guidance. They need a parent who is able to set a good example for them. A couch potato rarely is able to provide this good example and is not able to provide the necessary attention and direction that a child needs in order to prosper in the world. This type of parent is usually either ignorant, selfish, dumb, lazy, a drug addict, an abuser, or unemployed. They also could be clinically depressed and in serious need of an intervention.
Unfortunately, much of this parental neglect goes hidden behind the closed doors of highly dysfunctional households. Many children grow up completely ignored and abandoned by their parents on every level. These children grow up feeling invisible. They feel that their voice does not deserve to be heard and their needs are not important enough to be met. They believe that their emotions are not valid and are simply an inconvenience to others and themselves. These sort of children grow up having an extremely low self esteem. They have no respect for themselves and often hate themselves for being such failures, However, the failure is the parent’s doing and sadly often times the negligent abusive parents never acknowledge their wrong doing leaving the child to feel like their problems in life are all their own fault. This could not be further from the truth.
It is too often that the negligent parent plays the victim and does not completely admit to their abuse. Often they make excuses for their ill behavior and their awful parenting style. Children of such useless parents often feel depressed and go on to take their own lives. They often blame themselves for their horrible childhood experience. These children often feel like they have no control over anything and they may develop Obsessive Compulsive Disorders and may never reach their full potential in life.
Sometimes these children of abuse look in the mirror and see a blank space. They just want their life back. They are dying to be seen, but are afraid of the consequences as they clearly remember that living at home with their parents they could never fully be themselves without some sort of punishment.
These binge media consuming parents really should not be allowed to have kids. They do not take proper care of them and only create problems in their children’s lives. This type of parents must get their life together before they could take responsibility for the life of someone else.