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A formative, family-friendly factoid from a survey or study in the news.
BY The Editors
Could it really be that today’s parents are reading more to
their children and placing more restrictions on their television viewing? Yes
indeed. In fact, it appears parents are more kid-involved overall than they
were 10 years ago. So says Jane Dye, a family demographer with the U.S. Census
Bureau. In an interview with the Christian Science Monitor, the researcher made
a connection between those encouraging trends and newly compiled Census data
showing that, compared with a decade ago, 9% more children are taking
extracurricular classes and 5% fewer 12- to 17-year-olds are repeating grades.
The Monitor also reported that some of the behaviors included in the new Census
report were tracked for the first time in 2004: 78% of children under 6 ate
dinner every night with their parents, and 53% ate breakfast with their parents
every day. Previous studies have firmly established a strong connection between
family meals and good kids.