Friday, January 4, 2019

iGen Parts 1, 2 & 3

PART 1: My original August 16, 2018 post on the book iGen.

PART 3: “The Relentlessness of Modern Parenting” by Claire Cain Miller in the Dec. 25, 2018 issue of the NYTimes supplements iGen. Here are several quotes with links from the article:

“Raising children has become significantly more time-consuming and expensive, amid a sense that opportunity has grown more elusive.”

The amount of money parents spend on children, which used to peak when they were in high school, is now highest when they are under 6 and over 18 and into their mid-20s.”

For the first time, it’s as likely as not that American children will be less prosperous than their parents.

‘Intensive parenting is a way for especially affluent white mothers to make sure their children are maintaining their advantaged position in society,” said Jessica Calarco, a sociologist at Indiana University and author of “Negotiating Opportunities: How the Middle Class Secures Advantages in School.’

The time parents spend in the presence of their children has not changed much, but parents today spend more of it doing hands-on child care. Time spent on activities like reading to children; doing crafts; taking them to lessons; attending recitals and games; and helping with homework has increased the most. Today, mothers spend nearly five hours a week on that, compared with 1 hour 45 minutes hours in 1975 — and they worry it’s not enough.”

Parenthood is more hands-off in many other countries. In Tokyo, children start riding the subway alone by first grade, and in Paris, they spend afternoons unaccompanied at playgrounds. Intensive parenting has gained popularity in England and Australia, but it has distinctly American roots — reflecting a view of child rearing as an individual, not societal, task.

Americans are having fewer children, so they have more time and money to invest in each one.

Rich parents have more to spend, but the share of income that poor parents spend on their children has also grown.

As low-income parents have increased the time they spend teaching and reading to their children, the readiness gap between kindergarten students from rich and poor families has shrunk.

Psychologists and others have raised alarms about children’s high levels of stress and dependence on their parents, and the need to develop independence, self-reliance and gritResearch has shown that children with hyper-involved parents have more anxiety and less satisfaction with life, and that when children play unsupervised, they build social skills, emotional maturity and executive function.


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