A new Pew Research Center survey conducted Sept. 18 important in the education of children in the family that for lower-income parents, financial instability can limit their children’s access to a safe environment and to the kinds of enrichment activities that affluent parents may take for granted. Concerns about teenage pregnancy and legal trouble are also more prevalent among lower-income parents.
There are some worries, though, that are shared across income groups. At least half of all parents, regardless of income, worry that their children might be bullied or struggle with anxiety or depression at some point. 75,000 or higher, these concerns trump all others tested in the survey. The survey also finds that lower-income parents with school-age children face more challenges than those with higher incomes when it comes to finding affordable, high-quality after-school activities and programs. The economic outcomes for these different types of families vary dramatically. 2 By contrast, only one-in-ten children living with two married parents were in this circumstance. Though parental scorecards don’t differ by income, they do vary across other demographic divides, such as gender and generation.
Millennial mothers are particularly inclined to rate themselves positively. Regardless of how they see themselves, parents care a lot about how others perceive their parenting skills. Parents of younger children feel more personally responsible for their children’s achievements or lack thereof, while parents of teenagers are much more likely to say that it’s their children who are mainly responsible for their own successes and failures. There are significant differences along racial lines as well, with black and Hispanic parents much more likely than whites to say their children’s successes and failures are mainly a reflection of the job they are doing as parents.
In several key ways, mothers and fathers approach parenting differently. Mothers also have more extensive support networks that they rely on for advice about parenting. They’re much more likely than fathers to turn to family members and friends and to take advantage of parenting resources such as books, magazines and online sources. In at least one key area gender does not make a difference: mothers and fathers are equally likely to say that being a parent is extremely important to their overall identity. The survey findings, which touch on different aspects of parenting and family life, paint a mixed portrait of American parents when it comes to their involvement in their children’s education. Black and Hispanic parents have a much different reaction to this question than do white parents, even after controlling for differences in educational attainment.
Hispanic parents say a parent can never be too involved in a child’s education. 12 months leading up to the survey. PTA meeting or other special school meeting. Reading aloud is one way parents can get involved in their children’s education even before formal schooling begins. 75,000 or higher are far more likely than those with lower incomes to say their children have participated in extracurricular activities. Parents with higher incomes are also more likely to say their children’s day-to-day schedules are too hectic with too many things to do.