Parent views on fast food and family meals

1 in 5 parents say kids eat fast food more often since pandemic

Around one in five parents say they are often too stressed to cook. One in six parents say their child eats fast food at least twice a week. Three in five parents try to limit unhealthy items when their child eats fast food.

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How a year of COVID influences views on start of school

COVID influences families' back-to-school worries

Over half of parents say at least one aspect of the 2020-21 school year was worse for their child than the prior year, while 1 in 3 say at least one aspect was better. 4 in 10 parents say their child is more enthusiastic about the 2021-22 school year than last year. 3 in 5 parents say their child would feel safer if more students and teachers were vaccinated against COVID.

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More parent-provider communication about COVID vaccine needed

Parents split on whether to vaccinate younger kids against COVID

3 in 4 parents say the recommendation of their child’s healthcare provider will be important to their COVID vaccine decision. A doctor’s office is the most preferred vaccination location for parents of children who have not received a COVID vaccine. Fewer lower-income than higher-income parents say they are likely to have their child get a COVID vaccine.

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Milestones: How parents understand child development

1 in 4 parents worry their infant or toddler is behind in developmental milestones

Nearly 1 in 4 parents say they have worried their child was or might be delayed in their milestones. Among parents who suspected their child was behind in their milestones, nearly 1 in 5 did not seek advice from a healthcare or childcare provider. 9 in 10 parents are either confident or very confident they know when their children should achieve most of their milestones.

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