Parents Doing Whatever It Takes to Bond With Their Kids During COVID

*The following is excerpted from an online article posted on Study Finds.

Today’s parents may not understand everything their children like to do, but that’s not stopping them from giving it a try. A new survey finds many are working up a sweat just to bond with their kids more during the coronavirus pandemic. In fact, over half the parents surveyed (53%) have learned a TikTok dance with their children this year.

All this bonding turned out to be a bit more exhausting than anticipated for some moms and dads. One in two parents who attempted a TikTok dance confessed learning all the moves was more tiring than they thought it would be. Despite probably needing a nap afterwards, 85 percent believe that doing physical activities together as a family is a good way to bond. The same amount add they’ve worked out with their child at least once before the pandemic.

Besides viral dances, watching TV or movies together (67%), playing a board game or cards (56%), and cooking together (54%) are all ways parents of school-aged kids say they’re using to bond with their youngsters. The OnePoll survey of 2,000 Americans, commissioned by Eastbay, also revealed all the ways families are trying to stay active at home. The results find that many parents are relying on their high schoolers for fitness inspiration.

Some parents are loosening up the house rules to encourage their kids to stay active. Since the start of the pandemic, three in four (74%) say they’ve been less strict about them. Nearly two in three respondents (65%) have even let their kids break a major house rule; adding that they let their high schoolers “play rough” inside now. Of the top rules parents have relaxed on, 50 percent said kids can now practice their sport of choice inside. Two in five (42%) get to play ball in the house and a third (33%) are allowed to play tag.

Source: Study Finds

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[reposted by] Jim Liebelt

Jim is Senior Writer, Editor and Researcher for HomeWord. Jim has 40 years of experience as a youth and family ministry specialist, having served over the years as a pastor, author, consultant, mentor, trainer, college instructor, and speaker. Jim’s HomeWord culture blog also appears on and Jim and his wife Jenny live in Quincy, MA.

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