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The Surprising Way In Which Income Affects How Your Kid Turns Out

This week in things that you don’t need The New York Times to tell you: Family income is hugely important to how your kids grow up. Still, their ace data team just parsed a huge pile of survey findings from the Pew Research Center about parenting in America, and some of it might surprise you.

In talking to over 1,800 parents across income brackets, researchers found more patterns reliant on salary than any other determining factor. High earners (over $75K) micromanaged their kid’s calendars, viewing sports and volunteering and music classes as part of some grand project is successful adult creation. Lower earners (under $30K) were focused on scraping by and left their kids more to their own devices when it came to things like after school time. High earners worried more about their kid’s emotional health, the dangers of bullying and depression, and generally didn’t spank. Low earners were more worried about their kid’s physical safety, getting assaulted, arrested, or shot, and were also more likely to spank.Now that you’re done pointing out that none of this is news, here’s the surprise: While the children of high earners are doing all that fun stuff, the children of low earners were more relaxed, became independent faster, and even tended to be happier. Presumably, those kids’ parents would happily trade some of that happiness for not having to worry about them getting killed, but it’s still an interesting comment the affluent tendency to helicopter parent.

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If you’re looking for some common ground, all parents were worried about their kids turning into drunks or drug addicts. And if you’re looking for a reason to grumble about millennials, here’s some red meat: 92 percent of them, regardless of income bracket, think they’re doing a better job than their parents.

[H/T]: New York Times