Blogging: The Census Bureau

Blogging: The Census Bureau

Carrie McBride
Nov 28, 2007

Patting parents on the back. The U.S. Census Bureau thinks parents are doing a good job. A comparison of data from 1994 and 2004 shows that parents are playing a more active role in their children's lives and also setting more restrictions on television. Keep reading for some interesting statistics.

  • In 2004, 53% of children under 6 ate breakfast with their parents every morning. Even better, 78% ate dinner as a family.

  • The percentage of children, aged 6-11, who participated in lessons (music, dance, language, computers or religion) was up from 24% in 1994 to 33% in 2004.

  • More parents are setting limits on television viewing for children – 68% of 3 to 5-year olds and 71% of 6 to 11-year olds – increases of more than 10% since 1994.

  • More good news – parents are spending more time reading to their children. In an average week, children 1 to 2-years old were read to almost 8 times while 3 to 5-year olds were read to nearly 7 times.

    Read the Census Bureau's press release here or check out the data yourself here.

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