Most new parents that I’ve met like to flatter themselves immune to the out-of-touch-fogie syndrome. Many attempt to decrease the likelihood of developing the disorder by keeping on top of pop culture trends. Unfortunately, at some point, you have to relinquish the idea of being perpetually up to speed with your kid’s generation and support their odd interests from a distance. Pediatrician and author Dr. Claudia Gold, who is an infant mental health specialist adds, “Having a child who thinks you are wrong all the time is very common. Depending on the degree, it’s a normal developmental phenomenon.”
Invariably, as a child enters adolescence their friend group will exert greater influence over them than their family does, as the child’s will to forge their own identity surges. This cocooning process presents several obstacles for parents, especially during periods of one on one time.
According to a new survey conducted by Onepoll and funded by Groupon, parents across America get super stressed out by the burden of keeping their children entertained and occupied during summer vacation, so much so the average respondents would ideally send their tikes back to school after only 13 days.
Crazed and confused
“Parents love spending time with their kids, but it’s totally normal to experience some stress and anxiety when planning all the fun that you’re going to have together with this summer,” explained Brian Fields, a Groupon executive, in a statement.
Three in five parents surveyed fear that their summer plans won’t live up to their children’s expectations. This anxiety is halved by some respondents feeling overwhelmed by the notion of keeping up summer fun momentum over the course of three whole months (58%) and other respondents feeling increased pressure to keep up with the Joneses (64%). The latter admitted to feeling like they let their kids down because they could not provide them with the lavish experiences and trips that their young friends might have enjoyed during their time off.
On balance, parents will end up spending a median amount of $7, 333,80 each summer to keep their pups satisfyingly occupied during summer break, which lends reason to a separate statistic that says 75% of parents are more than ready for their kids to head back to school by the start of August.
The surprisingly high reports of stress revolving around their child’s time-off did not exclusively survive on the degree of quality time, as some parents felt guilt for not doing enough to convince their children to spend less time on the couch, soaking in the screen, and more time outside engaging in some kind of physical activity. To combat this, the vast majority occasioned taking their child to water or amusement park.