A nationwide survey of parents of young children, conducted last November by Hart Research Associates for Zero to Three, identifies what information and support sources parents turn to when facing parenting challenges. It also echoes some of the findings of a Best Beginnings study in 2007.
While the Hart study focused on beliefs and perspectives that influence approaches to child-rearing, the Best Beginnings survey, conducted by Craciun Research Group, Inc., asked parents about their actual parenting practices.
For instance, 70% of Hart respondents say singing to babies has a major or strong influence on development. 59% of respondents in the Alaska study actually sang to their baby every day.
Both studies found the following in common:
- Most families understand that reading to children facilitates learning.
- About half of parents most often turn to family and friends for advice and information about parenting.
- About half of the parents look to parenting magazines for information.
The Alaska respondents from 2007 appear to be more connected to the Internet for parenting information – 50% compared to 37% in the recent national study.