How much do you lean on your parents for advice about raising your kids? November is National Caregivers Month and in honor of that, new research highlights how people parent across generations. A survey from Johnson’s Baby reveals that 59% of parents follow their own mom and dad’s advice about parenting, even if they don’t always see eye-to-eye.

According to the poll of 4-thousand American and Canadian parents and grandparents of children ages seven and younger:

  • About a third (34%) of parents feel their parents’ advice is dated, while 71% admit that they have different ideas than their parent about how to raise their child.
  • The majority of parents feel their parents’ words are valuable, with 83% saying they’ve learned a lot about raising kids from them.
  • Nearly three-quarters (73%) say they’ve found a happy medium of following their parent’s advice and still raising their kids the way they want to.
  • Grandparents in the survey say they wish they had some of the resources that are available now when they were raising their kids, like a hybrid work schedule (39%), more after-school activities for kids (34%) and access to online resources like telehealth (34%).
  • Grandparents say they’re most involved with babysitting (54%), playtime (52%) and shopping for grandchildren’s clothes (39%).
  • The average parent calls their own parent twice a week for advice and one in eight call most days of the week.
  • Grandparents spend an average of two days a week with their grandchild, and 83% of those who don’t see them every day wish they could visit more often.
  • Despite any disagreements over child-raising, three-quarters of parents believe their parents have their grandchild’s best interest at heart.
  • And 69% of all respondents agree there’s no one right way to raise kids.

Source: SWNS Digital

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