High levels of frustration and anxiety can jeopardize effective
parenting. Between 1997 and 2011/12, the proportion of parents reporting
aggravation (determined by how often their children's actions bother
them, how often they feel angry with them, etc.) increased by more than
50 percent. However, there was no statistically significant change
nationally during the recent economic downturn. In this brief, we look
at national and state-by-state trends in parental aggravation.
Last month, President Obama proposed expanding tax credits
for families with kids, making the child tax credit available to
working parents with low earnings and expanding the earned income tax
credit for married couples and families with more than two children.
These credits are aimed at lifting families out of poverty, reducing the
depth of poverty, and increasing employment. Being raised in poverty
places children at higher risk for a range of problems; it's related to
increased risk of poor health, dropout, and eventually, lower wages.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty.
When choosing care
for their children, parents must weigh their preferences in terms of
language and culture with health and safety considerations, requirements
for children with special needs, proximity to work or home and, of
course, cost. Information from child care resource and referral and
quality rating and improvement services could help parents make this
tough decision, but only if parents know about and trust these services
first. Our latest blog post highlights more of what parents need to
know, and how to make info accessible to them.
week, the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for
Hispanics and its President's Advisory Commission on Educational
Excellence for Hispanics held a national forum on integrated student
supports. Its goal was to raise awareness of the potential of integrated
student supports (ISS) to increase the success of Hispanic students.
Child Trends' president and senior scholar presented the results of a
recent extensive study of national ISS models. ISS is a school-based
approach to promoting students' academic success through coordinated
academic and non-academic supports.