Kids are doing A-OK during this challenging time. At least that’s what we learned in our national survey, released this week. We surveyed nearly 800 parents and their kids (ages 8–13) about how they’re feeling during the pandemic. From the results, we learned that kids are happy, have more free time, and are doing more things on their own than ever before. Here are some of our favorite highlights.
The number kids who said they were happy outnumbered those who said they were sad by almost three to one.
It’s easy for all the negative headlines out there to get you down. That's why we think it’s important to point out that our survey says kids are actually pretty happy right now. When we asked kids in the survey how they’ve been feeling, more than 55% of them answered happy, and only 20% said sad. By the way, the number-one emotion kids said they’re feeling was boredom. No surprise there!
More than 70% of kids said their parents are letting them do more things on their own.
This result is great to see. More than 70% of kids said they agreed with the statement, “My parents have been letting me do more things on my own.” And 73% of parents said they are “gaining a new appreciation of [their] child’s abilities.” We also know that 78% of parents said their kids are helping around the house. Many parents have told us that their kids are cooking, cleaning, and folding laundry—some for the first time. It is great to see so many kids helping out. You can see more of this from the results of our recent contest, the Independence Challenge.
When it comes to arguing with siblings, our survey says 92% of kids said they’ve been figuring out how to work things out on their own.
Anyone with a sibling knows there are plenty of ups and downs. But maybe all this extra together time (or no one else to play with!) is actually helping those relationships. So many kids agreed with this statement: “During the past week when I argued with my brother or sister, we worked it out without our parents, at least some of the time.” With parents juggling work, school, and so much more, this is great news.
The overwhelming majority of parents answered they are proud of their kids.
This is what we’ve heard the most from parents. Our survey says parents are so proud of their kids and what they’re doing to step up and help out right now. We’ve heard stories of kids changing a flat tire, helping with the baby, building a birdhouse, and so much more. It’s no surprise parents are so proud.
Let Grow is a nonprofit that equips parents, educators, and communities with the tools and confidence to raise independent kids ready to succeed in our ever-changing world. Survey data was collected April 8–4, 2020, among 798 parents of children ages 8–13 and 762 children ages 8–13 on a nationally representative basis, according to the US census across gender, race, ethnicity and income. For more information about this study, email Press@LetGrow.org.