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A Lot Easier Said Than Done: Parents Talk About Raising Children in Today's America

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Abstract:

A majority of parents surveyed say American society is an inhospitable climate for raising children, where parents can never let down their guard in the face of popular culture, drugs and crime. In fact, nearly half the parents we surveyed said they worry more about protecting their child from negative social influences than about paying the bills or having enough family time together. Six in 10 rate their generation "fair" or "poor" in raising children. Relatively few parents believe they have been successful in teaching their kids the values they consider "absolutely essential."