Culture Post: Parents’ Top Resolutions: More Patience, Less Time on Phones

The following is excerpted from an online article posted by Science Daily.

Among many parents’ top resolutions for the New Year: More patience, less time on phones, better consistency with discipline and healthier family habits.

Their tweens and teens are setting goals too — including achievements related to grades and school, success in an activity, exercise and nutrition and earning money, according to the University of Michigan Health C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health.

Nearly three in four parents polled report making resolutions or setting personal goals throughout the year, with a quarter of them hitting the reset button as the clock strikes midnight for the next calendar year.

A smaller number choose to wipe a clean slate at the start of the school year or on a birthday.

Over half of parents say that their child ages 11-18 years has set personal goals as well, according to the nationally representative poll based on 2,044 responses from parents of children ages 0-18 surveyed in August 2023.

Nearly half of mothers and a third of fathers said they have made goals to change something about their parenting, with more than three quarters striving to have more patience and more than half wishing to spend less time on their phone.

Some parents set health-related goals, too, with nearly half vowing to provide healthier meals and snacks and more than a third planning to exercise with their child.

Among those who have set parenting goals, roughly three-quarters feel it has helped make them a better parent and even more believe that it has helped their child learn how to work toward a goal.

When it comes to children’s goals, nearly 70 % are related to grades and school performance while a little more half of kids want to succeed at an activity.

Roughly two in five kids are focused on exercise, eating habits and nutrition and earning money while more than a third would like to try something new.

Less than a quarter of goals included friendship or volunteering.

Source: ScienceDaily

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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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