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7 in 10 parents say their child’s primary care office should have a policy to prevent completely unvaccinated children from infecting other patients. 4 in 10 parents say their child's primary care office has a policy requiring that children get all recommended vaccines; about the same number of parents are unsure of the office policy. 4 in 10 parents are very or somewhat likely to move their child to a different provider if there are children in the practice whose parents refuse all vaccines.
Parents recognize the benefit of allowing teens to make mistakes, but believe parents should prevent mistakes that are too serious. 1 in 4 parents point to themselves as the main barrier to teen independence, by not taking the time or effort to give their teen more responsibility. Parents rate their teens as being the least able to handle basic healthcare tasks independently, including figuring out the correct dose of medication and making a doctor's appointment.
Half of fathers have been criticized about their parenting choices, most commonly by their child’s other parent. 2 in 5 fathers who are criticized respond by seeking out information or advice about the topic being criticized. 1 in 5 fathers say criticism about their parenting makes them want to be less involved as a parent.
1 in 5 parents report their child never wears a helmet when riding a bike. Most parents acknowledge their child does not use hand signals or walk their bike across crosswalks. Some parents report not having helmet rules for bikes (22%), skateboards (27%), and non-motorized scooters (34%).