Parents Spending Less on Everything Except their Kids, Survey Finds

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  1. LisaHoughton

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    Parents Spending Less on Everything Except their Kids, Survey Finds
    Talking Tots Reveals Only 10% of parents will cut spending on their children in ‘09

    Lytham, 12 November 2008: Britain might be in the middle of a credit crunch, but 80% of parents would rather spend less on new clothes or eating out than cutting back on their children’s activities.

    A survey of 1,000 parents conducted by pre-school activity group Talking Tots found that half of parents expect to increase spending on activities such as toddler classes, swimming and baby yoga next year. A further 40% of respondents said they expected their spending to remain the same. On average, parents spend £650 a year on preschool classes and activities.

    Tracey Park, founder of Talking Tots, says: “There’s no doubt families are feeling the effects of the credit crunch, but so far it seems toddlers are being spared from the cutbacks. Mums see toddler classes as a really important way to help children learn new skills, as well as providing an opportunity to socialise and make friends.”

    Activity classes provide important benefits to children, says Sue Atkins, parenting coach and author of Raising Happy Children: “Classes are more than just a way to entertain the kids for an hour. They have a real impact on children’s development, and are a wonderful way to bond, build confidence and learn social skills such as taking turns, listening and sharing.”

    If money is tight, Sue advises focusing on classes that provide a rounded experience. “Remember you are your child’s greatest teacher and you don’t have to spend a fortune. Look for one or two activities that offer children lots of fun, the chance to develop over time, and which are well organised, and remember that your child will get as much pleasure out of a walk in the park or a visit to the library as they will from more expensive outings.”

    Key Survey Findings

    - 90% of parents attend at least one organised activity with their children each week.
    - The most popular pre-school activities are swimming (attended by 60% of toddlers), communication and development classes (attended by 40% of respondents) and singing groups (35%)
    - When asked what they would be prepared to sacrifice to pay for their child’s activities, 81% of parents would stop eating out, 75% would reduce spending on toys and presents, while 64% would spend less on new clothes.
    - The most popular free activities for young children are visiting the park, story time at the library, nature walks at the beach or woodland, mother and toddler groups, and play dates with friends. More unusual activities included visiting art galleries and taking children geo-caching, a sort of high-tech treasure hunt.

    Tips for Parents

    For parents looking to save money, Sue Atkins advises only attending a pre-school activity if it:

    - develops or encourages specific new skills in your child
    - is run by professional, well-trained staff
    - is progressive, and develops as your child matures
    - is based on playing, exploring and learning in a fun atmosphere
    - encourages children’s social skills such as turn-taking, confidence and empathy


    About Talking Tots:

    Full survey results, images and interviews available on request. Contact the press office on (01253) 731 986 or email [email protected]

    Talking Tots (www.talkingtots.info) is the UK’s fastest growing preschool activity group, providing classes that help children aged 12 months to 4 years to communicate with confidence. Talking Tots recently won the “Best Innovation” award in the 2008 What’s on 4 Little Ones Awards, and was highly commended in the “Best Toddler Development” category.

    About Sue Atkins:

    Sue Atkins is a Parent Coach, former Deputy Head with 22 years teaching experience, mother to two teenage children and is an NLP Master Practitioner and Trainer trained by Paul McKenna. She has written many books on self esteem, toddlers and teenagers and has a collection of Parenting Made Easy Toolkits available from her website. She is also the author of "Raising Happy Children for Dummies" one in the black and yellow series published worldwide and available from her website. For more information, see www.positive-parents.com
    -ENDS-
     
    Posted: Nov 12, 2008 By: LisaHoughton Member since: Aug 21, 2006
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  2. KidsBeeHappy

    KidsBeeHappy UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    This kind of pleases me. It would be sad the day that parents take their children out of swimming lessons because of a shortage of cash, and then spend that same amount on a meal out. :)
     
    Posted: Nov 12, 2008 By: KidsBeeHappy Member since: Oct 9, 2007
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  3. deniser

    deniser UKBF Legend Free Member

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    The are definitely spending less on their kids' clothes.
     
    Posted: Nov 12, 2008 By: deniser Member since: Jun 3, 2008
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  4. sirearl

    sirearl UKBF Legend Free Member

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    well we are finding that so far parents are spending less on dolls houses for there little brats than last year.

    But then those bleeders at Asda are doing some cheapo nasties at rock bottom prices.

    Earl
     
    Posted: Nov 12, 2008 By: sirearl Member since: Apr 23, 2007
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  5. KidsBeeHappy

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    I have seen those! But they're so cheap they'll not have any furniture in them, and if they do they'll be broken by boxing day. So time for a special offer on the kiddies unbreakable furniture!! :D
     
    Posted: Nov 12, 2008 By: KidsBeeHappy Member since: Oct 9, 2007
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  6. LisaHoughton

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    It's good news, isn't it?! :cool:
     
    Posted: Nov 12, 2008 By: LisaHoughton Member since: Aug 21, 2006
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  7. Bathead

    Bathead UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    or a pack of fags - a day!
     
    Posted: Nov 12, 2008 By: Bathead Member since: Apr 4, 2005
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  8. sirearl

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    Thanks for the info.We keep getting people coming in the shop saying they bought this wonderfull dolls house at Asda for the price of a packet of crisps.:|

    I think maybe I can feel a google No1 is coming on for" cheap and nasty at Asda":D

    Earl
     
    Posted: Nov 12, 2008 By: sirearl Member since: Apr 23, 2007
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  9. KidsBeeHappy

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    no, no. no, no.

    "dolls house furniture for cheap & nasty asda dolls house" :)
     
    Posted: Nov 12, 2008 By: KidsBeeHappy Member since: Oct 9, 2007
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  10. sirearl

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    Posted: Nov 12, 2008 By: sirearl Member since: Apr 23, 2007
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  11. LisaHoughton

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    Oi !! Stop hijacking my press release!:D:) Lisa x
     
    Posted: Nov 12, 2008 By: LisaHoughton Member since: Aug 21, 2006
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  12. sirearl

    sirearl UKBF Legend Free Member

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    Oops apologies Lisa.

    Yes kids should be stopped from having swimming lessons.

    It makes it so much harder to drown the little beasts when one get fed up with them.

    Hope this helps.?

    Earl
     
    Posted: Nov 12, 2008 By: sirearl Member since: Apr 23, 2007
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  13. LisaHoughton

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    You are naughty! :)
     
    Posted: Nov 12, 2008 By: LisaHoughton Member since: Aug 21, 2006
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  14. sodapoppy

    sodapoppy UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    i think it's a good thing, children having chances to do and learn lots of new things will help them alot. yh i can definitely see how it's true though my parents spend loads on me and my sister i have to tell them not to sometimes!!!
     
    Posted: Nov 12, 2008 By: sodapoppy Member since: Nov 12, 2008
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  15. greeneast

    greeneast UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    I cut back on my kids several years ago. I stopped sending them to school and save a fortune on fuel and school dinners, uniforms and more.

    They learn more too - including how to be more careful with money. If we don't teach them to make cutbacks this time round - what will happen when they get a recession in their time?

    Just think of all the wonderful memories we have like "going to bed with coats on" and "scraping that last spoon of jam out of the jar". Why would we deprive our children of such fond memories? :)

    My two already know the the vegetable leftovers in the fridge make an excellent soup - and they love it every time!

    Dolls house? My daughter still has the very square one my grandad made for me over 30 years ago out of recycled ply-wood. She uses it as a cupboard/stroke/table but then she is grown up now! :D
     
    Posted: Nov 14, 2008 By: greeneast Member since: Oct 5, 2008
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  16. Rainbow Chasers'

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    When we researched for Rainbow Chasers we found that the amount of people that are both out working to pay the mortgage etc, and hardly see their children is phenomenal!

    Alot suffer from serious levels of guilt, and really do not wish to be in the situation they are but have no choice, which would back up the above research on why extra gifts are being lavished on their offspring despite the crunch - it's a guilt trip plain and simple.

    We have an absolute mission on getting UK families back together for holidays, purely due to the fact that the children have little time to bond or even recognise the parents. In some cases, when buying birthday presents for example, the children know the nanny better than their own parents and are left to get advice. 'What does mummy like?' is becoming too common a question from a childs lips these days!

    It is also to do with memories, after all, how many of us have fond memories of childhood holidays? Some of the next generation will not have, nor have any reason to pass it on to their offspring in later life. We are trying to rectify this, it may be a drop in an ocean but if it makes a difference for a few families and relationships then the job is a success!
     
    Posted: Nov 21, 2008 By: Rainbow Chasers' Member since: Nov 20, 2008
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  17. KidsBeeHappy

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    I think thats a bit harsh and a bit of a drastic overstatement. I filled in the survey, and I am one of the parents who has cut back on a lot of other things, but hasn't cut back on my kids spending.

    But i'm not talking about games/dvds/trips to cinema/alton towers etc etc etc.

    I'm talking about weekly swimming lessons, because i see this as an invaluable life skill that everyone should have. Girls Brigade, because firstly they really enjoy it, and i think that they should learn that there is more to the world than simply themselves, and highland dancing lessons, because it's winter, they're not outside on the bikes, the parks, the swings and generally running around in circles, and the exercise is good, as is the mental skills needed to follow routines, work as team etc etc etc.

    This has nothing to do with guilt. It is about trying to give my children the skills that they need to be proper human beings who can contribute to society.

    And per the survey - then yes, i would cut back on meals out, and evening out for myself & partner before I would dream of cancelling these weekly activities for my children.


    I appreciate your concept, what you are trying to acheive etc etc etc. But if you tarnish all parents with the "guilt" brush, and apply such drastic overstatements then you many find yourself alienating the people you are trying to help.
     
    Posted: Nov 21, 2008 By: KidsBeeHappy Member since: Oct 9, 2007
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  18. Rainbow Chasers'

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    I apologise if it sounded like a was tarnishing everone with the same brush, but the ones we physically spoke to were absolutely riddled with guilt - through no fault of their own, that's just the financial climate that has been set in recent years with all the price rises. One woman in particular i recall was that upset about the situation she did not even want to talk about it! Her actual words were 'I know, i am in that situation and i feel bad enough as it is'

    Which would say to me that there are a certain percentage who wish to 'make it up' to their kids in other ways - and without time to do it, it is an easy way.

    Luckily in your case you stick to standards, and sacrifice things that are luxuries, which is a good teaching method for your children as well - which is a bonus. But there are those out there whom have few luxuries to sacrifice.
     
    Posted: Nov 21, 2008 By: Rainbow Chasers' Member since: Nov 20, 2008
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