From compulsory child-care to breastfeeding, children in the UK are being increasingly taught to think of their parents as “superparents”, the UN’s Child Trends project has found.
In a global analysis, Child Trends, which was carried out by the UN and published this week, looked at the development of children’s perceptions of their own parents, the role of parents in their children’s lives, and their own perceptions of the role and role of other people in their lives.
Its finding is consistent with the widely held view that children grow up in societies where their parents are seen as important, powerful and important enough to take the lead in the upbringing of their children.
But while the UN says children are taught to value the parents they are raising, the survey found that children are increasingly becoming more open to thinking of their grandparents as “parent-superparents”.
Children, it found, “generally” value their parents less than grandparents.
According to Child Trends: “The proportion of children who value their own grandparents as their ‘superparent’ rose from 6% in 2010 to 12% in 2015.
In contrast, the proportion of grandparents who do not value their children as ‘superparents’ has dropped from 26% to 20% over the same period.”
While the survey also found that, overall, children have become more comfortable with their parents’ role in their own lives, it said children’s views on their grandparents and other relatives are also changing.
“Children are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of caring for and nurturing their own relatives and of the roles they play in their family,” the report said.
Children in Britain, for example, are more likely to be more likely than others to believe their parents “are doing everything in their power to keep their family together”, to see their grandparents “as a role model for their children”, and to see grandparents as the “one person who understands them best”.
“It is perhaps unsurprising that these attitudes reflect the social and cultural expectations of British children,” the UN report said, and that this trend is likely to continue.
A report from the National Audit Office said that, over the past decade, British parents have seen their incomes fall, their household income fall and their personal finances deteriorate.
The report, “Social and Economic Challenges in the British Workforce: A Report for the Prime Minister”, said: “There are signs that the impact of the financial crisis is starting to show through, with household incomes being reduced and household incomes falling for those working longer hours and with fewer skills.”
The National Audit also said that the number of adults in the workforce is falling and that more people are in the labour force than ever before.
There were 4,600 more people in the work force than there were in 1996, and this trend was set to continue until 2020.
More: Child Trends also found children in England are less likely to think their parents will take the time to be “super” than their grandparents.
In fact, children are more willing to say that their parents do not want to take on the role.
And children in countries such as France, Italy and Greece are also more likely for their parents to take up the role than for their grandparents to.
ChildTrend said that children’s attitudes to their own role in the home are also shifting.
“The survey found children are now more open and accepting of their role in raising their own children and are also becoming more aware of their parent’s role in shaping their own life,” it said.
“Children’s attitudes towards their own families are now changing.
The survey also showed that children in France, Britain and Germany are more accepting of and more accepting than their parents of the value of a strong, strong and independent family.
However, children’s expectations of what it means to be a good parent are shifting.
In France, for instance, children said their parents were “not always very good”, while in the US, they said parents were not “very good”.”
This shift towards acceptance of parents as more of a role in a child’s life is one of the key drivers of this changing social landscape,” Child Trends said.