Working Parents Rely On An Average Of 6 People To Help Raise A Child

That saying about how it takes a village to raise a child isn’t just some old proverb, it’s a way of life for many families. Raising kids requires all hands on deck and a new survey looks into how working parents utilize their village and who’s in it.

According to the poll of 2-thousand working parents of kids under the age of 10:

  • The average working parent relies on six different people to help support their child’s growth and development.
  • These people include the kid’s grandparents (46%), extended family like aunts, uncles and cousins (27%), siblings (26%), their best friend (17%) and neighbors (8%).
  • Teachers (47%) are also a part of many parents’ inner support circle, as are the faculty at their child’s school (33%).
  • Kids spend an average of four days a week with people in their support system, but 16% of parents say they depend on their village every day.
  • The assistance isn’t always enough, which is why 29% of working parents feel like they need a second version of themselves to get it all done and 36% need a larger village.
  • About a third (32%) worry most about the quality of the education or child care their child is getting and the average working parent stresses about childcare six days every month.
  • Dads tend to stress more than moms when it comes to communicating with their child’s caregivers (29% versus 17%).
  • In general, 53% of working parents admit that their stress levels keep them from being the parent they want to be.

Source: SWNS Digital

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