Essential Report

Raising Children

Jun 20, 2017

Note: the following question was commissioned by the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare

Q. Do you agree or disagree with the following statements?

 

 

Total agree Total disagree   Strongly agree Agree Neither agree nor disagree Disagree Strongly disagree Don’t know
It is important for parents to involve children in extra-curricular activities, such as sports and music 79% 2%   33% 46% 15% 2% 0% 4%
It is important for a child’s development to not place too many expectations on them 66% 10%   19% 47% 19% 8% 2% 5%
Raising children is more challenging these days than it has been in the past 61% 14%   20% 41% 19% 10% 4% 6%
Information about support and services available to parents and families is easily accessible 49% 13%   11% 38% 27% 11% 2% 12%
The government should provide more advice and services to help parents raise children 43% 20%   9% 34% 32% 15% 5% 5%
Parents shouldn’t rely on their family too much to help with the day to day of raising their kids 41% 28%   10% 31% 27% 23% 5% 4%
The best support a friend can provide in parenting is advice, rather than help 27% 32%   6% 21% 33% 25% 7% 8%

79% thought it is important for parents to involve their children in extra-curricular activities, 66% thought it is important for a child’s development not to place too many expectations on them, and 61% thought that raising a child is more challenging these days than it has been in the past.

All statements received greater support than opposition, with the exception of “the best support a friend can provide in parenting is advice, rather than help”, which was supported by 27%, and opposed by 32%.

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