Most adults are worriers. It is usually the first sign of being a grown up. We worry about bills, our careers, our health, our wealth, and most important of all, our children. As a mother to two 22 month old toddlers, I worry a lot about them; their health, growth and developement, and I monitor and record all major milestones. I also worry about their future, the schools they would attend, grades they would have, friends they would make, the courses they would study at the university and everything else imaginable. My job as a Mom, is to worry.
An interesting survey was recently carried out by My Voucher Codes, the survey asked parents from all over the UK what their main concerns were for themselves and their children’s future. 1,286 families took part in the study, and here are the findings:
They found 44% were concerned about financial instability and economy, 40% were concerned about extremism, terrorism and safety and 37% of families, were concerned about house prices and rental costs. In addition 24% were worried about crime, 14% had concerns over bullying and 11% were worried about drugs.
I found it shocking to know that in the North East (where I live), 68% of parents were more concerned about extremism, terrorism and safety than anything else. I know there is always one new terror related story in the news these days, but overall I find the North East extremely quiet and peaceful which is fantastic for my growing family. Unlike London and Manchester, here in Cheshire, we hardly hear about crimes or break ins, everyone goes about their business peacefully, so to think safety is a main issue for most people was quite puzzling. I would have thought most parents would be more worried about the rising costs of house prices and house rents, the economy, the financial instability with the growth in the unemployment rate and small businesses shutting down; and also bullying at schools. Those are the things I worry about, they keep me up at night.
Mark Pearson, the founder of My Voucher Codes, commented on the results of the research: ‘From what we have found from speaking to parents, it seems that many of them are worried about the effects of the economy, whether that is financial instability or house prices and high rents for their children’s future. The recent budget announcements seem to have many parents concerned about what the future holds, especially for their children.’
You can read the whole article and the findings here.
Now if our generation is struggling so much to get on the housing ladder or to get employed and stay employed, how will the next generation cope? How will our children cope? Drop me a comment, let’s chat.