The big ELTERN survey “Children.Crisis.Power!”: How do German families deal with crises?

Hamburg (ots) – The ELTERN study “Children.Crisis.Power!” shows what touches families in times of crisis and what gives them support. The families have not had it easy in recent years. How are they doing in 2022? What do you need? What are their greatest sources of strength? What is shaking families? What wakes her up? This is shown by the answers from the 1,049 mothers and fathers who took part in the survey, which ELTERN has carried out together with the mindline media research institute.

The main findings of the study:

Corona, war and the economy: mothers are more insecure than fathers

One in two (49%) say they are more worried today than they were two or three years ago. Parents are generally very worried, especially when it comes to war (75%), economic development (73%) and their own children’s future prospects (71%), parents said they were very or very worried. The Corona pandemic almost takes a back seat with 41% of the mention. The past year seems to have left its mark on mothers in particular. Compared to their fathers, they are generally more insecure. This is especially true when it comes to the children’s future prospects (77% mothers vs. 65% fathers), the personal financial situation (67% vs. 56%) and pandemics (46% vs. 35%). However, the survey also shows that the outlook for the positive has sharpened. 43% of respondents say they now appreciate how well they are doing compared to two or three years ago. Just as many feel that family togetherness is even more valuable.

Greatest uncertainty in families with net household incomes of less than 2000 euros

Parental uncertainty is consistently greatest in families with a net household income of less than 2,000 euros. They are most worried about their personal financial situation (82%), but these parents are also more worried about other problems, e.g. when it comes to their children’s future prospects (78%) or supply bottlenecks (68%). e.g. by looking at food. So low income is a risk factor for well-being.

The family’s source of power: rituals and social contacts

Rituals give 49% of families strength, especially in difficult situations. Of these, 83% eat together every day, 76% go on excursions together, and 68% have bedtime rituals. However, the most important resource is closeness, contact and intimacy with those closest to you. And as challenging as family life can be, children also give their parents a lot of strength. 79% of all respondents say so (84% of mothers, 73% of fathers). The partnership is also a strengthening factor for 62%. Men and women seem to draw strength from different sources. For mothers, the social environment and family rituals are more important, while fathers are more encouraged by a secure job, hobbies and sports.

Parents want more support from politicians

Anyone dealing with crises can use help. Parents would like significantly more support. Financial support is of great importance. Almost three-quarters of respondents (73%) who believe parents need more support would like more money for families. Also at the top of the wish list: more flexibility at work (69%), greater understanding of the needs of parents and children (69%) and more consideration from the employer for working parents (67%). Parents want politics and a world of work that strengthens families. They want their children to be well embedded in the social fabric into which they will grow and which can provide them with support later in life. Strong self-confidence (66%), a good education (62%) and trust in family support (60%) are the three most important things that parents want to pass on to their children. Not far behind are good manners (49%), optimism (46%), tolerance (40%) and empathy (38%). Astonishing: At 28%, self-confidence plays a secondary role. However, it is more important for fathers than mothers.

Day care – important factor for support, but 81% find it quite important for the bond that at least one parent stays with the child in the first years

The survey shows that day care, school and leisure centers are an important support and indispensable for families. 85 percent of parents say that reliable childcare is necessary to cope with everyday family life. Almost all parents (94%) believe that children need daycare, school and after-school to learn social behavior. At the same time – and this is really surprising – eight out of ten respondents agree with the statement “For bonding, it is important that at least one parent stays with the child for the first two or three years.” agree And 81 percent are also of the opinion that day care is important, but not all day long.

Brigitte Huber, editor-in-chief ELTERN: “Our research has shown that crises can be empowering if you handle them well. That mothers’ and fathers’ uncertainty has increased is not surprising given the three current megacrises: Corona, war and climate change. But that It’s good to see that family togetherness can be valuable and supportive, especially in these times.”

It is a representative survey conducted online in Germany. German-speaking parents of children between 0 and 13 years old were surveyed between 11 and 20 May 2022. The survey was carried out by the mindline media research institute on behalf of ELTERN.

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