Author: Parent Cue

Parents and Kids See Quality Time Differently

More than 50% of the time, parents and children from the same family disagree about what activities are meaningful. That’s according to the National KidsDay Meaningful Time Survey, conducted by Boys & Girls Clubs of America. More children say fun-focused activities (49% vs. 35%) constitute meaningful time, whereas the vast majority of parents place instructive activities at the top of their lists (62% vs. 35%). 30% of parents believe all the time they spend with children is meaningful, regardless of what they are doing. Only 11% of kids feel the same way. Parents tend to want to enrich their parenting experience, while children desire to feel wanted and supported. Fathers appear to be more oriented to athletic or event-type activities, whereas mothers seem to be more oriented to either informal interaction or instructive activities. Does any of this surprise you?  What do you think qualifies as meaningful time?  Would the kids in your life agree? To read the article from USA Today (Society for the Advancement of Education), click...

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More Children are Being Raised by Grandparents

The number of children being raised by their grandparents has risen sharply since the start of the recession in 2007, according to a new Pew Research Center study that found 1 in 10 children in the U.S. now lives with a grandparent. In all, 2.9 million children are being raised mainly by at least one grandparent. That’s 4% of all children. The survey also found that spending time with grandchildren is viewed as one of the greatest benefits of growing older. Grandparents who are not the primary care takers of their grandchildren are still helping out.  More than 50% of those who are in their 60s and 70s who have grandchildren have said they helped their adult children with childcare in the past 12 months. Read the full report...

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Do you know your great grandfather's name?

An Ancestry.com survey uncovers some surprising results, including: Young Americans are looking to their roots – 83 percent of 18- to 34-years-old are interested in learning their family history. Following closely are the 35- to 54-year-olds at 77 percent and Americans ages 55+ at 73 percent. Half of Americans know the name of only one or none of their great-grandparents. Twenty-two percent of Americans don’t know what either of their grandfathers do or did for a living. Although America is known as a nation of immigrants, 27 percent don’t know where their family lived before they came to America. Seventy-eight percent of Americans say they are interested in learning more about their family history. Fifty percent of American families have ever researched their roots. In comparing regions, Southerners know the least about their roots. Only 38 percent know both of their grandmothers’ maiden names, compared with 50 percent of Northeasterners. Also, only 47 percent of Southerners know what both of their grandfathers do or did for a living, while 55 percent of Northeasterners know both grandfathers’...

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Who is homeless?

Estimated homeless figures in the United States range from 600,000 to 2.5 million. Of the homeless population: 39% are under the age of 18, 5% are unaccompanied minors, 40% are families with children, 41% are single males, 14% are single females. 23%  are veterans, 30% have been homeless for more than 2 years. Sources:  http://www.fas.org, 2009, International Journal of Psychosocial Research, 2008, National Coalition for the...

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New!! The Church Finder is Here!

Are you looking for a local church that wants to partner with your family? Or maybe you or someone you know is relocating? We have a new tool just for you! The Church Finder will help you identify Orange churches in your area that might be just the right fit. These churches represent a variety of sizes and denominations that partner in a positive way with families through an “Orange Strategy.” So check it out, and then SHARE IT! Read more about the church finder in Reggie’s post Finding a...

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