For centuries, family was viewed as the basic building block of the society. Children received most of the care, initial education and moral or religious guidance from the family, often extended to include grandparents and other relatives.
In many parts of the world, this is no longer the case. The very institution of the family is drastically changing. Extended families are more of a rarity in the developed world, putting significant pressure on parents to balance family duties with the need to earn the living or build careers. These pressures are even greater in single-parent families. “Sanctity of marriage” is no longer the commonly held belief, leading not only to growing rates of divorce, but to non-traditional forms of families or conscious decision by women to have children outside of marriage.
At the same time, new forms of communications and technologies become available to children from a very early age. They read and watch what is interesting for them, forming their beliefs and values mostly outside of control of parents or relatives. Particularly in the modern urban environments, parents are facing an uphill battle competing for the minds and lifestyles of their children.
Generation 2030 seeks to identify best international practices to develop and support the concept of “educated parenthood”, providing parents with examples from around the world of effective approaches and the necessary skills to maintain the connection with their children while keeping them open to the outside world.
An international report from Child Trends The World Family Map