Five Things You Need to Know About Families
Thursday, 19 November 2015 20:47
Since Thanksgiving is just a week away, it's time to talk about family. No...not the ones gathered around your table next Thursday, but the ones we talk to every day.
Pew Research recently released a new white paper about working parents. The study, released November 4, is titled, “Raising Kids and Running a Household: How Working Parents Share the Load.” It's worth a read because it shares some insights into the day-to-day lives of moms and dads who are trying to hold down jobs and run a family. Here are five key take-aways from the report:
1) In nearly half of two-parent families (mom and dad), both parents work. In some cases, both spouses work full time.
2) More than half the parents surveyed (56%) say that balancing work and family is difficult.
3) In two parent families where both parents work, chores and responsibilities are share more equally.
4) Dad is still the top wage earner and more career focused, but mom is still the family linchpin and calendar keeper.
5) Mom always feels rushed. (8 in 10 moms say they feel rushed sometimes, 4 out of 10 working moms say they are always rushed.)
While there's nothing ground-shattering in the latest research, the idea that dad is more hands-on might be of interest to you and your listeners. And maybe there are some ways we can encourage dads in their responsibilities. The holidays are a good time to start:
• Invite dads to share in the holiday prep.
• Ask moms to share thoughts about ways their husbands can help around the house.
• Ask dads to share their funniest “disaster” stories about household chores. (A friend once admitted he used liquid dish soap in his dishwasher. His kids got a good laugh watching the dishwasher vomit bubbles across the kitchen floor.)
• Invite families to call in with time-saving tips for Thanksgiving and Christmas planning, or share insights on how to tame the calendar during the holiday season.
The opportunities are endless. But keep in mind that as you encourage families, you're building stronger bonds with your listeners...and giving them reasons to keep listening.