Moms are role models for many kids

More than 20% of Metro Detroit kids and 23% of parents named their moms as their role model or personal hero. This finding is one of many explored in a first-ever survey of parents and kids age 12-17. The issues ranged from health, sex, drugs, alcohol, education, and relationships.

Concerning Kids Study, a two-year series of public opinion polls commissioned by The Skillman Foundation, released the fifth poll focused on issues that teens face in Metro Detroit, allowing a comparison between the parents' point of view and the kids' point of view.

Other findings include:

  • Kids think youth their age smoke cigarettes a lot or some (69%) more than parents think youth their child's age smoke cigarettes a lot or some (60%)
  • Kids think youth their age use drugs a lot or some (69%) more than parents think youth their child's age uses drugs a lot or some (58%)
  • Kids are more likely to rate their relationship with parents as either "excellent or good" - Detroit (40% and 47% respectively), out-Wayne County (45% and 48% respectively), Macomb County (45% and 46% respectively), and Oakland County (47% and 41% respectively).
  • About 47% of Metro Detroit kids name being on a sports team as the activity they are most enthusiastic about, with 9% naming playing a musical instrument or being in a band. Parents also report being on a sports team (40%), playing a musical instrument or being in a band (11%) as top activities their child is most enthusiastic about.

For a complete summary of the Parents and Kids Survey, please call 313-393-1185 for a copy.