Current Realities

The State of Expanding Possibilities in Parent-Child Relationships

As parents, we expand possibilities with kids in at least three ways. We explore new ideas and places. We connect kids with other people. And we help kids work through challenging situations. Here are the percentages of parents who do each of these.

Explore 35%, Connect 29%, Navigate 63%

SOURCE: Search Institute survey of 1,085 parenting adults with children, ages 3 to 13, in the United States. Made possible with generous support from Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.

Community Connections for Youth

Kids grow when they have lots of support in their community. Here are the percentages of youth, grades 6 to 12, who report three things:

  • Other adult relationships: Young person has support from three or more adults who are not their parents.
  • Caring neighborhood: Young person has caring neighbors.
  • Community values youth: Young person says that adults in his or her community value youth.

Other adult relationships 50%, Caring neighborhood 40%, Community values youth 25%

SOURCE: Search Institute surveys of 89,366 youth in grades 6 to 12, reported in Benson, P. L., Scales, P. C., Roehlkepartain, E. C., & Leffert, N. (2011). A fragile foundation: The state of developmental assets among American youth (2nd Ed.). Minneapolis, MN: Search Institute.

Next Steps

  • Take the quiz to explore the ways you expand possibilities in your family.
  • Talk about expanding possibilities with your kids and other parenting adults.