In today’s society, many parents and caregivers experience enormous pressure and stress related to lack of time. This can affect families from all social groups and socioeconomic levels. Stretched to the limit, many parents and caregivers are hard pressed to find the time for anything outside of their daily routine. Involving themselves in initiatives aimed at preventing bullying or inequity may simply feel like an extra burden. And, if their own children are involved in a bullying situation, they may not have time to participate, and may even want and expect the school to shoulder the burden entirely.
As a by-product, some parents and caregivers may not be as present in their children’s lives as they or we would like. They may feel guilty and during a crisis (such as a bullying incident), they may seek to compensate for their absence by defending their child’s rights.