“Quality time with people close to me” ranked first in recent research. Those surveyed: 9-11 year olds in the U.S.
Although tweens frequently go through a “smart mouth” season that can last for years, spending time with family ranks as their top activity. This result was identical to research findings five years ago.
The shift toward smaller families is becoming noticeable.
Some school districts have already recorded declining enrollment, a sure indication that funding changes are on the horizon, too.
Researchers note that Millennials continue to delay having children. The number of births in the U.S. isn’t keeping up with the number of deaths. Can you hear the cheers from fans of negative population growth?
Have you noticed the seemingly increased number of ads that feature family settings?
And not only that, but commercials online and on TV that show home scenes that are far from perfect?
It appears the concept of the “picture perfect” family is gone. That’s good, because the reality of occasional chaos and disorder is easier to relate to. However, it’s still interesting how unfiltered glimpses of family life have become more common.
September means it’s time for the perennial fall balancing act.
Homework enters the picture for kids who’ve spent the summer playing video games, using social media and watching other screen-based entertainment. Nearly half of students rely on some type of electronic gadget for homework.
Electronic devices have a place, but a bigger challenge is to include tech-free family time in busy schedules.
“Family camp” is trending this summer, but it’s not only happening in RVs.
More often this summer than in previous years, camps have designated specific weeks for families.
Some programs schedule two-week blocks, where children come for a traditional kids camp followed by a week when they are joined by their family.
Other camps simply set aside time for families. Campers create their own schedules, which allows for days together and apart, with maximum flexibility.
The family camp concept sounds like a welcome opportunity to substitute swimming for screens!
Trending among families this summer: cultural vacations.
A kid-friendly journey into a different part of the city or a family bike tour can expose a child to various cultures in a local or nearby area, for a “staycation” that offers more.
Children can sample new foods, hear and see unfamiliar languages and fast-track interactive, multi-cultural exposure.
Serving comfort food provides the background for numerous commercials airing now.
And honestly, winter weather makes this a perfect time for soup.
But to look at the ads, one might assume families across the country regularly sit down together for a meal. The real life statistic is that less than half of families do this everyday.
That’s not surprising, as our “snack culture” has reduced the time we spent sitting down at the kitchen table.
Perhaps parents will discover new ways to create quality time…