Study: parents more involved in children's lives

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According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau, parents today are move involved with their children's lives than they were ten years ago. Researcher Jane Dye says, ""They are more likely to be reading to their children, and more likely to be putting limits on TV viewing, they are more likely to enroll them in lessons outside of school."

A Child's Day: 2004 examined data for children under the age of 18 based on the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) that examines children's living arrangements, family characteristics, time spent in child care, academic experience, extracurricular activities and more.

Some highlights of the findings:
  • The number of 3 to 5-year-olds with restricted television viewing time has risen from 54 percent in 1994 to 68 percent in 2004;
  • 33 percent of 6 to 11-year-olds participate in lessons outside of school, compared to 24 percent ten years ago;
  • More than half of children under the age of six eat breakfast with their parents while 22 percent of teenagers do;
  • 78 percent of children under six and 57 percent of teenagers eat dinner every night with their parents.
Detailed tables of the finding of A Child's Day: 2004 can be found here. I especially like Table D19, Parents Feelings Toward Their Children, where only 18.5 percent say their child often takes up more time than expected. I don't know why, I just think that is a funny question.

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