What do children want that money can't
Find a Conversation
|Mon, 04-07-2003 - 10:21pm|
In the USA Weekend insert in the Sunday paper this weekend, that was the question asked of 746 children, ages 9 to 14, in a phone survey commissioned by the Center for New American Dream, a non-profit organization that promotes responsible consumption. Some of the results:
Only 32% of the kids say they spend a lot of time with their parents. Why this lack of togetherness? The parents often are too busy working, say 23%, while 19% blame it on being overscheduled with homework and school activities.
"I do think with my mom a lot, but my dad works and sleeps. I know we need the money, but I wish he would do more things with me." Erika, 14
"My coach says, "Dedication." My parents say, "Keep up the good work." I say, "I need a break"...time to curl up with a book, play with the little kids next door, go to the mall or watch a sunset." Brittani, 14
If kids could change one thing about their parents' jobs, two-thirds would want them to have flexible schedules so they could be together. Only 13% wished their parents made more money.
"Money could never buy the conversations my dad and I have in the car on the way to hockey practice. We talk about friends and what is going on with the world. Sometimes we talk about music, but most important, we talk about life. I love time with my dad, and no one no thing could replace it." Seth, 11
Nearly 6 out of 10 kids say they feel pressure to buy stuff to fit in.
"Early on, we learn that if we don't conform in dress, speech and mannerisms, we will not fit in with the 'cool kids.' As teens, if we don't have a car, we might as well be lepers. I don't want to play the game and pretend I'm something I'm not." Jason, 13
Something to discuss with all the talk of surveys and studies.