Culture Post: Two-Thirds of Parents Agree Kids Have It Much Better Today — But Most Still Like Their Era More

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

As a child, growing up and having freedom to do what you want seems so wonderful. Yet if time travel were possible, two in three Americans would transport themselves back to their childhoods (64%), according to a recent poll.

A recent survey of 2,000 parents of children in the U.S. between five and 18 asked them to reflect on their own childhoods. When it comes to what adults miss most about being a kid, above all, not surprisingly, are not having responsibilities (67%) and being stress-free (57%). Over half also miss their childhood friends (53%), having family gatherings (52%), and celebrating the holidays (52%).

The survey, conducted by OnePoll, also found that 75 percent of parents often reminisce about their youth, while 90 percent have even shared stories about their childhood with their kids. Although 76 percent of parents consider their children to be mini versions of themselves, most of them credit their kids for making them better people (93%).

Additionally, two in three parents admit their kids’ childhoods have been much better than theirs (67%). That’s because they believe their children have more opportunities in life (65%), more access to technology (57%), and receive more affection than they did as kids (56%).

Source: StudyFinds

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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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