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Research, studies and articles examining statistical trends in parenting and childhood.
The Washington Post, 2015
Frank Bruni's research finds that only about one third of CEOs at top Fortune 500 companies graduated from Ivy League universities.
"For parents and students who believe getting into an Ivy League school is a requirement for success, the educational paths of the F100 CEOs suggest otherwise."
Boston Globe, 2015
The 2015 Harvard Grant study found that those who completed chores and household tasks in childhood grew up to be happier adults with greater success in the workplace.
The Harvard study specifically identified "work ethic" as a strong predictor of future success and happiness.
Pew Research Center, Social & Demographic Trends, 2019
"While 61% of adults who have children ages 18 to 29 say parents are doing too much for their young adult children these days, only 28% say they themselves do too much for their young adult children."
"Between 2009 and 2017, rates of depression among kids ages 14 to 17 increased by more than 60%."
Pew Research Center, 2019
A staggering 20% of teenage girls reported experiencing at least one major depressive episode over the past year in 2017, compared to just 7% of teenage boys.
The New York Times, 2018
"Social scientists say the relentlessness of modern-day parenting has a powerful motivation: economic anxiety. For the first time, it’s as likely as not that American children will be less prosperous than their parents."
The Atlantic, 2016
In 1980, 30% of kindergarten teachers expected their students to know how to read by the end of the year. By 2010, this figure had jumped to 80% of kindergarten teachers.
The Atlantic, 2016
With 51% of public school students at or below the federal poverty line, educators recognize the importance of instilling grit in the classroom, preparing kids to face an economically uncertain reality.
"Recent studies suggest that kids with over-involved parents and rigidly structured childhoods suffer psychological blowback in college."
A Slate survey finds that parents born in the 1970s experienced childhood freedoms that they now don't allow their own children, like going to a playground alone or using the stove.