In August, WebMD ran a post about the Top 10 Concerns of Parents. The overall breakdown according to the WebMD survey is as follows:
The article goes further, breaking down concerns and respondents by ethnicity. Total number of respondents was less than 2000.
- Childhood obesity, 33%
- Drug abuse, 33%
- Smoking and tobacco use, 23%
- Teen pregnancy, 24%
- Bullying, 24%
- Internet safety, 23%
- Stress, 22%
- Alcohol abuse, 20%
- Driving accidents, 20%
- Sexting, 20%
I don't know WedMd's methodology. I think the poll items in total certainly represent a month's worth of parental nightmares. I disagree with the order. No disrespect to childhood obesity or tobacco use, but those are long term killers. I would put driving accidents, alcohol abuse, internet safety and sexting all before obesity and smoking. My reasoning is simple. Accidents, booze and improper use of technology can get a kid killed right now instead of later.
What do you think? How do you feel about the poll rankings? Take a moment and leave a comment or respond to the poll in the left sidebar.
On a final note, though you can never protect your children completely active and involved parents can and do minimize the risk of growing up. As you finish this post do comment or take the poll and then please ignore my tongue in cheek treatment of the issue. Do everything possible to have a great weekend. Every moment is dear, enjoy your kids.