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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Trends Regarding Parenting

Parenting Statistics are an interesting and sobering way to see the latest trends in parenting today. We review just a few of them with you here and the numbers will surprise you.
Behind Parenting Statistics are real people with real problems. It is important to take a look at the trends in parenting from time to time and see in which direction the parenting world is moving, and how our family compares to the trends and figures in general.
Laying down solid Parenting Roots can help our children avoid some of the consequences of the statistics that follow.

Parenting Statistics – Mothers

• Most single mothers with children younger than 6 years old have never been married

• In the year 2000, 27% of White mother’ births, 43% of Hispanic mother’s births, and 70% of Black mother’s births were out-of-wedlock births

• Approximately 84% of custodial parents are mothers

• 45% of custodial mothers are currently divorced or separated, and 34% have never been married

• 27% of custodial single mothers and their children live in poverty

• Girls, whose mothers were teenagers at the time of their birth, are over 80% more likely to become teenage mothers as well

• The percentage of children living only with their mothers has increased from 11% in 1970 to 24% in 2005

• 40% of all births are to unmarried women

• The unemployment rate for married women is 6%, while that for single women "who maintain families," stands at 12%

• 14% of married women have had affairs at least once during their married lives

• 9% of mothers in single-parent families report ever physically abusing their children compared to 4% of mothers in two-parent families

• Children from a single-parent household account for 72% of teenage murderers, 60% of people who commit rape crimes, and are 11 times more likely to exhibit violent behavior

• Approximately 70% of single-parent mothers live in poverty, earning less than $13,000 annually

Much has been said about statistics in general, such as how you can twist them to say whatever you want them to say, or how they are never to be trusted unless you have manipulated them yourself.
Parenting Statistics are simply a way to approach an understanding of trends and directions in the wider world of parenting, and these particular statistics refer to parenting in the USA only. They cannot be used to predict the future for any family or any individual in particular, yet they can help us to see in which direction the modern world of parenting is moving.
For this reason they are of interest to us as concerned parents.
There are enough Parenting Statistics in the world to fill the world with numbers, so the following is only a partial list of those items found to be of the most interest to what we most frequently talk about on this Parenting Website. How you interpret this data is for you to decide, yet simply reviewing it will be an educational exercise in itself and well worth your time.
These Parenting Statistics are divided into the following categories; Families, Fathers, Mothers, and Teenagers.
Please note that Preteens are generally included in the Teenage Statistics so for that reason there is not enough data to create a separate Preteen category all its own.
Warning: These Parenting Statistics are not happy ones. They do, however, illustrate the pressing need for more quality parenting in the world today, and this is precisely the Vision and Mission that this Website works to achieve each and every day!

Parenting Statistics – Families

• There were 12.9 million single parent families in 2006 - 10.4 million single mother families and 2.5 single father families

• In 2008, 56% of U.S. children were White, 22% were Hispanic, 15% were Black, 4% were Asian, and 5% were of other races.

• White, Black, and Asian parents view “Thinking for Oneself” as the most important quality their children can possess, while Hispanic parents view ‘Obedience’ as the most important childhood quality

• The majority of White, Hispanic, and Asian mothers set the limits on their young children’s (ages 3 to 12) activities, while this role falls to the fathers in Black families

• 98% of mothers and 90% of fathers hugged their children ages 0 to 2 years of age daily, compared to only 74% of mothers and 50% of fathers who hugged their children ages 10 to 12 years of age daily

• 50% of first marriages, 67% of second marriages, and 74% of third marriages end in divorce

• Couples who marry before the age of 25 run the highest risk of getting divorced, while couples who marry after the age of 30 run the lowest risk of divorce

• In 2008, 67% of children ages 0–17 lived with two married parents, down from 77% in 1980

• In 2007, 18% of all children ages 0–17 lived in poverty

• 90% of Americans believe adultery is morally wrong

• 70% of married women and 54% of married men did not know of their spouses' extramarital activity

• Parents in two-parent families spend an average of 2 hours a day interacting with their children compared to only 50 minutes for single-parent families

• 1 in every 58 children in the United States (2%), were abused in 2006

• 60% of abused children were the victims of educational, physical, or emotional neglect

• 40% of abused children were the victims of physical, sexual, or emotional abuse

• In 1999, 56% of single-parent families were Black, 32% of single-parent families were Hispanic, and 20% of single-parent families were White

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