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Survey: Parents and Kids Are Closer Than Ever

By: AARP Press Release; Lanetra Bennett Email
By: AARP Press Release; Lanetra Bennett Email

A new survey says parents talk more frequently with their young adult children, plus spend more face time than they did with their parents.

Vivene Martin tears up when she says goodbye to her kids. She has to drive back to South Florida while they stay in Tallahassee for school.

Martin says, "We're parent and daughter oriented. My mom is Jamaican. We are are family, we're very, very close. That's the tradition there."

Not all parents these days come from a tight-knit background.

A new survey says parents now are closer with their kids than they were with their parents.

Tallahassee resident Danny Foy says, "Me and my parents are extremely close together."

The study says 60 percent of today's adults get together with their parents at least once a week, compared to 42 percent when their parents were in their 20s.

Seventy-nine percent of today's adults feel comfortable discussing emotional life events with their parents compared to 62 percent of their parents' generation.

Thirty-one percent of young people communicate with a parent more than once a day versus 13 percent of Baby Boomers.

TCC Student Dillon Deleacaes says he talks to his mother every day. He says, "Me and my mom have a very close relationship. I can basically talk to her about anything. She's always there for me."

The author of the survey questions if you can be too close to your kids. He wonders if you keep your kids too close, do you keep them from growing up.

"You can't ever get too close." Says, Deleacaes.

A contributor to the study says grown children do better in life when their parents are more involved.

Below, you can find more results to the survey, as well as an additional link to "Are We Too Close to Our Kids?"


PRESS RELEASE

Young adults are more attached to their parents than ever before.

Good parenting fosters both affection and autonomy, but do tighter bonds allow kids to bloom more fully in an increasingly complicated world? These days, kids tend to keep one foot planted in childhood even as they go bounding into their mid-20s with the other.

According to a new AARP The Magazine survey, “Parents And Kids: Then And Now”, boomers talk more frequently with their young adult children, plus spend more face time and share more intimate confidences than they did with their parents.

**The study surveyed adults 21 through 26 about how they get along with their parents and also asked boomers how they got along with their parents back when they were in their early 20s. Key findings:

§ Communicate with one of their parents more than once a day:

· 13% Boomers when young vs. 31% today’s young adults

§ Get together with their parents at least once a week:

· 42% Boomers when young vs. 60% today’s young adults

§ Feel comfortable discussing emotional life events with their parents:

· 62% boomers when young vs. 79% today’s young adults

§ Reside with their parents:

· 32% boomers when young vs. 43% today’s young adults

§ Feel comfortable discussing personal finances with their parents:

· 71% boomers when young vs. 81% today’s young adults

§ Believe it’s better for young adults to live with their parents than to struggle on their own:

· 53% today’s boomers vs. 63% today’s young adults

Would love to see if you’d be interested in including some of these stats in a segment-appreciate your feedback either way!

Are We Too Close To Our Kids?

http://www.aarp.org/home-family/friends-family/info-12-2012/how-to-parent-adult-children.html


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