WASHINGTON (RNS) —Religion has been a major topic of conversation between mothers and their children during the pandemic, according to an annual State of Maternity Survey from Motherly, a website focused on millennial motherhood.
The report, released earlier this month, showed that around 31% of mothers said they discussed religious issues with their children in the past year. This only followed gender equality (33%) and racism (46%) as the most discussed issue between children and their parents in 2020.
“Each family has different religious beliefs and different ideas of how to pass these concepts on to their children,” said Liz Tenety, co-founder of Motherly.
Some 23 percent of Millennials said they wanted information to reflect their “values, religion or spirituality.” The most interesting topics were the balance between family, career (49%) and life stages (43%).
“Millennials are in a record number of interfaith marriages, including those with varying religiosity between partners. In a world where faith is often expressed more personally than shared in community, parents have the opportunity to share their unique beliefs and practices with their children or to evolve the religious beliefs and traditions in which they were raised, ”said Tenety.
Data from the report shows that 12% of mothers surveyed said they discussed Islamophobia or anti-Semitism or both with their children. While not a huge share, this percentage represents a larger portion of the population than the combined Muslim and Jewish population of the United States, suggesting that the issue is of general concern to mothers.
Mom doesn’t have to have all the answers
Tenety pointed out that family conversations about faith span a lifetime, which means parents don’t need to be afraid to answer their children’s questions or admit they don’t. not all the answers.
“Parents can talk openly about what they believe and why it matters, and model these practices and rituals with their children. Kids ask big questions, so don’t be afraid to share your beliefs with your kids, or even say the often-true words: “I don’t know the answer, but I love you asking questions like that.” ” she said.
There were other findings in the survey that could be linked to the pandemic: almost all mothers (93%) said they were exhausted looking after their children, a feeling that may explain why mothers were considering time off. family paid (73%) and an affordable child. care (67 percent) as the most important public policy issues related to maternity.
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The State of Maternity Survey is now in its fourth year. This year’s edition featured comments from 11,000 women who are among the site’s 30 million users.
In March, a Gallup poll shed new light on the role of religion in America. This poll found that for the first time in eight decades – since the poll on the subject began – less than 50% of Americans belonged to a place of worship.
Edge Research, which conducted the survey for Motherly, weighted the results of Motherly’s online survey by crossing the date with a demographic representation of American mothers based on the U.S. census. Out of a total of 11,000 mothers who responded to the Motherly survey, the final data set includes data from 5,809 mothers aged 25 to 40.