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6/25: Kids Today More Difficult to Raise…Teens Most Troublesome


6/25: Kids Today More Difficult to Raise…Teens Most Troublesome

Most U.S. residents — 83% — believe it’s harder to raise a child today than it was in previous generations.  This includes eight in ten households with children younger than 18.



Although more than three-quarters of Americans across the age spectrum say the current generation is more difficult to bring up, older Americans tip the scales.   A whopping 90% of those 60 years of age or older think this is the case, 82% between the ages of 45 and 59 agree, and 79% of Americans 30 to 44 years old share this view.  A similar proportion of residents 29 years old or younger — 78% — say this is true.

And, just which age group is considered to be the most challenging?  Two thirds of Americans — 66% — say it’s the teen years.  16% believe the pre-teen years are the most trying while 7% think toddlers and preschoolers put adults through their paces.  Perhaps, surprisingly, fewer Americans with minors in their household — 62% — compared with 69% of those without them say the teen years are the hardest for child rearing.

Younger Americans, though, say, “Hey!  We’re not so bad!”  Just 47% of those 18 to 29 think the teen years are the most troublesome.  Perhaps they’ll change their minds when they live through those years again with their own kids.  66% of Americans 30 to 44 and 67% of 45 to 59 year olds view teens as most trying.  77% of those 60 and older agree.

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Marist Poll Methodology

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  1. Samantha

    January 13, 2011 at 6:47 PM

    There are too many distractions for children today and most of them are not good. T.V., computer games, internet leave your child unhealthy in a way. Parents need to encourage children to be more active and sociable.

  2. fajar

    January 11, 2011 at 5:14 AM

    i saw a video on youtube several month ago, there was an american teenager who know nothing about hot news in the world. I was shock when seeing it. are all american teen like that or only him…….

  3. Kathy

    November 10, 2010 at 2:08 PM

    I agree that raising a child is an awesome responsibility, taken far too lightly by so many people. It’s not just a matter of procreation! Our society doesn’t value parenting, rather the attainment of wealth and self-glory. Most parents can’t wait until their child is 16 so they can buy them a car and are free from their chauffeuring duties. I find this drive time valuable, though, for one-on-one discussions and catch-up time. It’s all about priorities.

  4. Keith Bryant

    August 22, 2010 at 12:33 AM

    A parents responsibility is pretty serious and I’ll admit I was strict on my kids as they were growing up. Prisons in America are full of people who’s parents apparently didn’t take it seriously, or a lot of them wouldn’t be there.

    I believe a lot of it boils down to teaching children respect when they are young so they don’t end up criminals. Respect for themselves, respect for others and other people’s property, the law, etc…Kids, mainly teens, seem to have no respect for anyone or anything nowadays.

    When my oldest son came home from college the first thing he did was give me a hug and looked me in the eye and said “Thank you”. I said “for what?” He said “for raising me like you did. You taught me to be decent”. He then went on to tell me that there were a lot of guys in his dorm that were getting drunk and rowdy every day, constantly getting the campus cops called on them. He said they acted like a bunch of wild banshees. He found it extremely hard to concentrate and study. Maybe if their parents had taught them respect when they were growing up they wouldn’t show so much disrespect now.

    What’s really odd is that I was watching the tv show “Gangland”, and disrespect for others in prison can get you killed. It’s a shame they couldn’t have learned that before they did whatever it was they did to end up there. Ironic, huh?

  5. Rick N

    June 29, 2010 at 10:00 PM

    Today is certainly a difficult time to raise children. I’m not sure it’s more difficult than other isolated times in history but over all I believe that it is.

    Particularly the teen years. Our current culture promotes a narcisitic perspective to life in a very overt way now. It has become socially acceptable to live in a constant state of “I have my rights” regardless of whether excersizing those rights hurts everyone around us.

    This philosophy and way of life is the antithesis of team work and respect for those around us, and has contributed to the demise of every great civilization in history.

  6. Sarah Gilleberg

    December 16, 2009 at 3:45 AM

    The sheer amount of choice available to children these days is far greater. There are more influences from media and more ways to find people that will support whatever choices you make. Depending on the culture, children are also less likely to be strongly influenced by the views of the family.

    In my opinion, parenting is definately fraught with more dangers and requires a less authoratative and more intelligent approach.

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