Friday, October 26th, 2012
This country gives us a lot to be proud of: freedom of speech and religion, for one thing; how we prize individualism, for another. But there’s also much to worry about, including a faltering education system, an increase in poverty, and a rise in chronic health problems such as diabetes and asthma. Perhaps your family has been impacted by these issues, but even if it hasn’t, there’s no question that they’ll ultimately affect all of our children.
That’s why Parents partnered with the Too Small to Fail campaign, a program of The Center for the Next Generation in San Francisco, which aims to raise awareness about the state of America’s kids. We surveyed a national sample of more than 2,100 parents of children up to age 18 to find out how moms and dads feel about their kids’ lives today, and what concerns you have about their future. The findings opened our eyes.
For more surprising information–including your thoughts about how the recession has impacted families–check out our earlier blog post about the survey.
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Sunday, October 14th, 2012
If your child has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), take the time to educate your family and friends about this neurobehavioral disorder for ADHD Awareness Week.
According to the Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC), the common symptoms of ADHD include the inability to pay attention, listen, and stay still for long periods of time. And as of 2007, 5.4 million children (ages 4-17) in the U.S. have been diagnosed with ADHD.
The Parents magazine article, “Attention for ADHD” (May 2012), lists nine key facts about ADHD:
- The brains of kids with ADHD are different.
- No one knows the exact causes of ADHD.
- ADHD often looks different in girls.
- ADHD can make learning difficult.
- ADHD is tricky to diagnose.
- There is no cure for ADHD, but there is effective treatment.
- Kids can be taught to cope with ADHD.
- Parents can also be taught to cope with ADHD.
- Kids with ADHD also have it as adults.
Learn more facts about ADHD at CDC.gov and ADHDAwarenessWeek.org. Or read more about ADHD on Parents.com:
Image: Bored student balancing a pencil on his nose via Shutterstock
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Wednesday, September 26th, 2012
Parents partnered with The Center for the Next Generation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan effort that aims to help the country come together to create a stronger future for our children. As we gear up for our first presidential debate on October 3—which focuses on domestic policy—we want the candidates to know about parents’ biggest concerns. This infographic spells it out in no uncertain terms.
The big story, of course, is how the recession has impacted all of us. A full 90 percent believe that there aren’t enough jobs that pay enough to support a family. More than a quarter of parents have had to work longer hours (or their partner has) because of the economic downturn. It’s directly affected children, too: 36 percent of parents say that they haven’t been able to afford for their kids to participate in some of the activities their friends participate in.
And in one of the most eye-opening findings, nearly 20 percent of parents said that the recession contributed to their decision not to have another child.
This is surely why two-thirds of parents, when asked to choose between an extra $10,000 per year or an extra hour every day of quality time with their children, opted for the money. It makes you wonder: If you were given the choice, what would you pick?
Here’s hoping that when President Obama and Governor Romney meet in Denver next week, they address the issues that cause so much of the anxiety that goes hand-in-hand with post-recession parenthood.
Read more about Election 2012 on Parents.com:
Infographic designed by Frank Augugliaro
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