Culture Post: 4 in 10 Parents Admit They DON’T Want to be Like Their Own Parents

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

Over four in 10 parents today have one goal in mind: don’t like their own parents! Just 59 percent of parents follow their mom and dad’s advice about raising children, a new survey reveals.

The poll of 4,000 American and Canadian parents and grandparents of kids under seven years-old finds that some new mothers and fathers find their parents’ advice to be dated (34%), and they also have different ideas about how to raise their child in today’s society (41%).

Seven in 10 admit that today, they have different ideas about raising their child than their parents had in their era (71%). Still, the average parent calls their own mom or dad twice a week for guidance, and one in eight calls them most days of the week.

Parents can agree that they have different priorities now than what their parents might have had when raising them, especially when it comes to taking an interest in baby skin care (35%), managing screen time (50%), and knowing how to bathe their child (32%).

No matter their differences, many parents appreciate all they’ve learned from their parents and are carrying over routines from their childhood like family dinners (52%), reading their child a story before bed (41%), and certain bath time activities they used to do (32%).

The random double-opt-in survey of 4,000 parents and grandparents was conducted between October 4 and October 11, 2023.

Source: StudyFinds

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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, editor, consultant, mentor, trainer, college instructor, and speaker. Jim’s HomeWord Culture Blog also appears on Jim and his wife Jenny live in Quincy, MA.

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