Hello brilliant parents,
We’ve been having lots of fun in the office since the results of the Parent24 Kids Nation Survey were released last week. Some of the stats are hilarious, some informative and others quite sobering. It’s also fascinating to get a glimpse into the homes of other SA families.
If you’re like me, you may sit at home thinking that other parents are busy doing intellectually stimulating activities with their kids, or having deep, meaningful discussions while hand-carving organic toys out of chunks of wood. Especially when your own kids are bickering over who had the extra bowl of Nik Naks and you’re busy clicking *LIKE* on cat videos on Facebook.
The thing is, most of us know what the right thing is to do: we know junk food and too much TV aren’t healthy but we still find ourselves heading off for takeaways sometimes and putting the TV on when we need to get something done.
Should we feel guilty?
If you take a look at some of the stats, you’ll see that you’re probably not alone.
You could be among the 6% of parents who spends less than four hours with their kids on weekends, or the 52% of parents who don’t give their kids pocket money. You could be one of the lucky 75% of parents whose kids do chores or one of the fretful 79% who feel that SA is not a safe place. Only 1% of you think politics would be a good career move for your child and the majority of your kids prefer Spiderman to Jacob Zuma.
Our survey is not going to change lives, but it may give you some ideas. It may help you to feel not quite as isolated in your parenting. It may encourage you to celebrate the good things you’re done in your journey with kids, and it may help to remind you to persevere in buying veggies rather than burgers.
Part of what we like to do here at Parent24 is get parents thinking. We like to share information and concepts that get people talking. We do our very best not to judge anyone and we love to hear about the diverse approaches people have in raising their children.
It’s even on our logo: meet parents like you. And that’s part of what the survey is all about. Getting to know our readers and finding out more about SA’s parents and kids.
What I like most about the survey is that even the stats suggest that we’re all very human and that we have similar worries and stress-factors. We want the best for our kids even though life may put obstacles in our way.
Well done everyone!
Why not take a look at the survey results and send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org telling us which stats surprised you and why- you could be the winner of a R250 kalahari.com voucher