Harder Times: 74% of Parents Think Raising Kids Today Much Harder Than It Was For Their Folks

The following is excerpted from an online article posted by StudyFinds.

More than three in five parents believe they spend more time with their child than their own parents spent with them growing up.

A new survey of 2,000 Americans with children revealed that parents spend an average of almost five hours per day with their kids, with one in 10 saying they spend eight hours or more. Parents are able to get the most time with their youngsters during meals (32%), while watching TV or movies (30%), during playtime (27%), bedtime (27%), and bath time (26%).

The poll, conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Baby Magic, found that while new technology may seem to make parents’ lives easier, 74 percent of parents polled think it is more challenging to raise a child now than it was when they were growing up.

The top factors that make modern parenting a tougher job than it used to be are the emergence of social media (66%), more parents working full-time jobs (64%), and, perhaps surprisingly, the rise of technology (58%).

In fact, 68 percent admit that they feel like they lean too much on iPads and other tech devices to keep their kids occupied, while even more parents (72%) say they value electronics-free time with their kids the most.

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 Crosswalk.com and Religiontoday.com. Jim and his wife Jenny live in Quincy, MA.

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