First Amy Chua aka Tiger Mom asked us to question whether our parenting techniques would enable our kids to be competitive in the race for success. Then, during the State of the Union Address, President Obama proclaimed that competition was the key to “winning the future.” It made me think – are we preparing our children for the future global economy? And how can we parents actually encourage competition so that it is healthy, not harmful? Are you a competitive parent? Post a comment.
Are Parents Making Time for Date Night? - The Results
With Valentine's Day less than two weeks away I'm beginning to wonder about my plans with Ron. The roses, the candy: I've heard the skeptics, but I love a day other than our anniversary where we just celebrate being in love. And with all this snow we're having, I'm getting cabin fever! So it was with excitement and curiosity that I looked forward to the results from our "Date Night" survey. Even as I took it myself, I tried to ascertain what would our Care.com members say? I am happy to report that a respectable 37% of us do get out for date night, but only every few months! When you look at the frequency, our numbers diminish, with just 12% committed to going out once a week. You have to wonder, are these 12% made up largely of the 11% who reported sealing the deal at the end of each date night? At least 40% of us report that we frequently end date night with more than just dessert!
Valentine’s Day: Have We Lost that Loving Feeling?
I was a little surprised. Nearly half of all parents (48%) like to stay in with their families on Valentine’s Day. Less than a third (28%) of parents make it a priority to go out for a romantic date night. In fact, nearly a quarter (24%) feels that it isn’t worth celebrating. The most important event to celebrate with a date night? Eighty-one percent voted for their anniversary.
Trust in Your Caregiver
Sixty-three percent of parents reported being totally okay with leaving the kids at home with a sitter. More than half (53%) feel comfortable enough that they don't even check in, trusting that the sitter will call if there is an emergency.
Despite an overall approval of date night, nearly a quarter (24%) still feels a little guilty about going out. As a parent who has wrestled with mommy-guilt, I must say, every parent deserves a night out without the kids. You’ve earned it! To ensure that you both have a great time on your night out, take the time to really vet your sitter and plan a fun activity for the kids. Check out these resources for advice and ideas – and make date night happen!