14% of parents acknowledge having trained to educate their children

Taking the pulse of families is the goal of the fifth edition of the Family Barometer, carried out by The Family Watch, in collaboration with GAD3 and the Madrid Vivo Foundation. The first results of this study indicate that in the family-economic sphere a slight optimism is observed, so expectations for the future are good.

Slight optimism in the family economic environment

As for the family economy, the trend has changed in the last year and is more optimistic. Currently, 4 out of 10 respondents believe that the current family economy is good, although 40 percent believe that in their family purchasing power has decreased in the last year compared to 10.8 percent who says it has increased.


Regarding family spending, most families complain about the effort they must make when paying transport and food expenses. An effort that is lower in the case of disbursement in education, since many families have opted for public education.

However, the desire to have more children has risen 4 percentage points from 2015 to 2016 and currently 18 percent of respondents would like to expand the family and have more children.

The education of children: the role of the family

Only 14 percent of parents acknowledge having received some type of training to educate their children, but this information, in principle low, is consistent with the lack of training needed by parents, since only 21 per One hundred stated that they would like to be trained to educate their children.


On the other hand, it highlights the scarcity of resources to pay for a better education for the children and the lack of time to dedicate them.

Social networks present in family relationships

Communication through mobile devices is present in 54 percent of households. Thus, the most used form of communication between family members is WhatsApp, to the detriment of email. However, 44.6 percent of respondents believe that new technologies worsen family relationships, compared to 29 percent who say they improve them.

In favor of the refugees

Regarding the reception of refugees, 64.6 percent of Spaniards continue to bet on Spain hosting refugees arriving from outside Europe. However, more than half of the respondents think that the Spanish labor market could not accommodate them. Among the reasons offered by those who do not believe that refugees should be eligible for inclusion are the economic reasons for 88.1 percent, the elimination of jobs for 79.1 percent and the fact that their full coverage is not guaranteed. integration for 69.4 percent.


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