Parenting woes, step aside. With the recently trending style of what isn’t any newer revelation though, child rearing might seem to be quite a breeze even when the consensus exists on how parenting is hands down among the most challenging of jobs- even when it isn’t even job per se. With sittervising though, this truth might be somewhat challenged in its claims with no surety however of how universal it is in effectiveness and appeal for those identifying in the dynamic dimension of what being a parent entails.
But while sittervising may be hailed as the new fad to follow indeed in fostering very much their own extension in embodying the human life, it wouldn’t be particularly radical a concept. Because this procedure in what might emerge as an antidote to the obsessive style of helicopter parenting even when it is only a technique and not an entire wholesome approach to child rearing as such is of much commonplaceness. In fact, chances are more than abundantly present in sitting and supervising over children being quite the norm across parenting ranges.
Quite a winner in letting moms and dads ‘disengage’ with their children without the corresponding guilt of appalling experience, sittervising affords one indeed the luxury of what might occur in the ‘sit back and relax’ appeal of much desire. Only that it tends to be true in the physical assertion of sitting, all the while engaging still in the responsibility of immense measure that parenting is.
How sittervising came to be a definite identity in its own while prevailing all along as a very ordinary, convenient and eked out of necessity existence is an arising out of the digital times. Coined as this portmanteau term of curious awareness by blogger Susie Allison but which had quite interestingly already been encountered by then is this definitely assertive phenomenon of the 21st century’s 21st year. Allison’s first ‘endowing’ of literal recognition upon this concept emerged upon her August, 2022 blog post “Why you’ll find me sittervising” and while that merely helped it find more concrete expression, what actually ensued would be only a more affirmed continuation of its essence.
Endowed herself as well with a Master’s in Early Childhood Education and three kids of her own, Allison’s vouching for this particular concept to find place within the parenting realm is one of much logicalness indeed. In principle, sittervising occurs as quite conducive an idea to court by parents in all willingness. The premise of it being the very relaxing approach in sitting and looking over one’s kids, with all focus on the youngling(s) without unduly stressing over it though, sittervising is a proposition finding indeed a lot of favour.
So favourable in fact is this practice in sitting and supervising over children that had also seen many a benefits attributed to it. Purposeful for both children and the parents and practical as well in its pursuit, sittervising might be quite the trend to swear by indeed. And while this mode in parenting might be open to occurring in such interpretations of not being adequately enthusiastic or devoted to the overbearing role of what is expected out of the human versions of the more universal assertion of a parent, it is but only a part view of its account in or outside of accountability.
For the larger part though, it would be the benefits that persist with the greatest assertion in an otherwise characterisation manifesting at most as unfeasibility instead. To concern oneself with the greater goodness of sittervising, the primary reason why it works wouldn’t be one expected to be availed out of a prevalence in relaxation. The revolutionary, even when ordinary manner of the working in which sittervising identifies is what accords it ‘accreditation’ of being a reliable and rewarding pursuit in parenting significantly concentrated on the holistic development of the one attended to in all parental spirit.
The case that sittervsing makes for in independence though would be a more encompassing attribute that helps the cause of both parent and child. It is easy to see what that amounts to for the grown individuals engaged in this most crucial of life responsibilities. Not having to be constantly physically attending to one’s child even when continuing to be there for them is still considerable relief in seeking. But consider the effect in what it translates as for the young human around whom this whole concept came to be in the first place and the profoundness of its impact is that should indeed be let to unfurl that way through some strands of its being.
Well advocated indeed is the way in letting children grow up in adequate experience of being on their own. And sittervising being the non interfering arrangement of arising in less demanding, lesser ‘troubling’ dynamics of the parent- child relationship dynamics, can be a way to developing a healthier bond therefore. This freedom in being for the parent and let to be for the child is reassuring even a regard for the very natural human want for some amount of ‘privacy’- in different constructions of what the term might occur as.
This primary benefit achieved in terms of independence is supplemented and complemented as well by the additional occurring in a much needed assertion. Even in its call for physical presence on the part of the parent(s), sittervising still helps ease considerably the pressure that acting in a parental capacity necessarily brings upon existences. Overriding the overwhelming and exerting essences indispensably occurring within the parent identity that one comes to flaunt in all willingness even is this approach that relives one of the pressing demands of this immense responsibility. Quite surprisingly though, this lesser pronounced association very subtly worked in within the parent- child role does not even need to be specified in any certain range of growing of both parent and child through the relationship.
Turns out as it does therefore, sittervising is far more eternal and universal and relevant and convenient a parenting tactic than what it might be thought of as in the non- traditional proclamation of this ‘trend’. Conversely though, this steeping in cosmopolitanism does not make it a wholesome attending in all aspects. Which is why we clarified early on the potential of which sittervising harbours as not an entire approach but only one element in effective parenting.
Sittervising might be one’s choice in parenting their child right from the time they are a baby in which case it would be even more influential in determining primarily the inclination of the child in independence. The way in which this supervising occurs by the parent through different stages of growth for their younger one would change and evolve as well in this growing through the years. But in any case though, sittervising must be worked out parallelly with somehow more involved strands of the parenting style in summation.
Outside of its essence in the parental expression, sittervising would be equally desired in the practicality of its practise. The affording of relaxation in the somewhat superficial even dimension of interpretation entails also an access to the ‘resources’ of time and opportunities to attend to life chores whether in personal or professional calling. Sittervising then is more than functional also along this line of its opening up of avenues to go on with life in general.
Returning though to such consideration more thrust upon in the primary essence of what sittervising is identifying of in its parental basis and a greater access to reality is what it affords for the little humans just starting out in the world. The speaking of something that relates to the tiny tots in terms of such profundity might be more likely to assert in unwantedness. But what permeates this facade of growing up is a truth that concerns the very skilled indeed pursuit in living life as a wholesome, individual human.
Sittervising lets kids grow and develop and evolve by allowing them a scope in discovering the nuances of the human world for themselves. By virtue of the autonomy granted thus to them, children embark on upon the natural route in advancing through their ages by learning along that way in existence. It also is through their stimulation in self induced capacity that they acquire quite early on life skills of confidence and the more revealing realisation of decision making as well. Additionally the privilege of space granted even as children can also make it easier for them to cultivate understanding of the essence and importance of concepts like space and healthy boundaries or even consent perhaps in quite dramatic deliverance therefore of life lessons.
Quite interestingly though, this coming to covet fame of sittervising in the current times is contrasting almost with the contemporary claim in parenting needing to be very intensive in attaining efficiency. As a comparatively laidback assertion in parental claims and one that came to be employed more in necessity rather than in acknowledging the benefits of that availing, the much continuing flow of sittervising that was perhaps traditionally unfurled as a ‘workvising’ requisite in responsing asserts indeed in greater consciousness today. That we have fallaciously somewhat categorised it as a trend in adhering to the popular perception of it in allure might not be quite the ideal way to accord it greater recognition. But if that’s the way to win over your kids and prepare them to win at life while being also as contented a winner yourself, then sittervising sure is no less trendier a hit prospect to explore as well.