Do you ask your kids’ permission before you buy something? Show Notes

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 Host(s): Dr. Bill Maier
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Do you consult your kids before you buy something? A new study suggests that American parents seek their kids input on where to eat, where to shop, where to vacation and what to buy.

Janice D’Arcy writes a parenting column for the Washington Post, and she reports on research done by a marketing firm called The Family Room,

The study found that 64 percent of parents say they make the final decision about purchases but seek their kids input. 42 percent said they discuss decisions with kids and 27 percent said they give their kids options and then let them decide.

10 percent of parents said they regularly allow their kids to make decisions on their own.

Interestingly, about half the parents surveyed sought their kids’ opinions about products the parents bought for themselves.

George Carey, CEO of the Family Room. believes this shared decision-making process is the result of three modern parenting trends.

First, many parents feel guilty about working long hours and leaving their kids in daycare. This leads them to give in when the family is together.

Second, technology has increased kids’ knowledge and expertise in certain areas—sometimes they know more about products than their parents.

And third, today’s parents tend to prioritize independence, self-sufficiency and self-identity in their children.

So is this type of parenting a good idea? Here’s a link to an article that may shed some light on this issue:

I’m Bill Maier for family friendly, commercial free, WBCL.

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