Tuning In: Parents of Young Children Tell Us What They Think, Know and Need

ZERO TO THREE, in partnership with the Bezos Family Foundation, released the results of a survey, drawn from a nationally-representative sample of 2,200 parents of children birth to 5 years, this year. The results include findings on issues such as parenting challenges, the dilemma of how to discipline young children, and what parents understand about early development. Here are a few of the interesting findings:

- Almost all parents feel judged all the time;

- Parents overall consistently underestimate just how early children can be affected by some critical experiences (e.g., nearly half of parents think that reading to children starts to benefit long-term language development about a year and a half later than it actually does); and

- About half of parents believe that children are capable of self-control and other developmental milestones much earlier than they actually are.

An overview/key insights document is available, in addition to the full report, at this website.

https://www.zerotothree.org/resources/series/tuning-in-parents-of-young-children-tell-us-what-they-think-know-and-need