TOP > Data > Early Childhood > Basic Survey on Child Rearing in Japan I - 3

Data

Basic Survey on Child Rearing in Japan I - 3

Basic Survey on Child Rearing in Japan I
PICKUP DATA 5 Raising children is fun when children are thoughtful. Mothers are satisfied with their child's development (Table 5).

Table5
When Mothers Enjoy Raising Children (very much + a little)

%
  Think so very much Think so a little
When children are thoughtful 89.9 9.4
When I feel that my children have matured 83.2 15.1
When I watch my children sleeping 82.7 15.2
When the entire family enjoys time together 74.6 23.0
When my children talk about their school life 56.0 39.7
When I watch my children playing sports or taking part in recitals 57.6 34.7
When I play with my children 40.2 50.5
When I participate in school events such as school visits or Sports Day 52.5 38.1
When I feel that I have developed through my children 48.1 36.2
When I go out with my children 34.0 49.0
When I see my children absorbed in play 30.6 47.4
When I buy clothes and toys for my children 29.4 47.2
Mothers are satisfied with their child's development and enjoy raising children.
Many mothers enjoy raising children when (1) their children are thoughtful (89.9%), (2) they feel that their children have matured (83.2%), and (3) when they watch their children sleeping (82.7%). In other words, they enjoy raising children and appreciate their children more when their children are thoughtful or when they assess their children objectively, rather than when they are taking care of them or when they feel they have learned something themselves.

Sense of enjoyment changes as children get older
More mothers enjoy raising children more as children get older because they can go out together. A smaller percentage of mothers feel a sense of enjoyment when they see their children playing, when they watch their children sleeping, and when their children talk about their school life.

Mothers of the pre-school children in the lower grade enjoy raising children when their children talk about their pre-school life. Mothers of children in the upper grade enjoy raising children when they watch their children playing sports and taking part in recitals.

PICKUP DATA 6 High satisfaction as mothers

High satisfaction as a mother > a wife > a human being > a working woman

High satisfaction as mothers (Table 6-1)

Table6-1
Degree of Satisfaction

(%)
  Very Somewhat Not very satisfied Not satisfied at all
As a mother 10.8 62.7 22.7 3.8
As a wife 9.2 56.5 27.1 7.2
As a working woman 5.5 32.6 34.0 27.9
As a human being 5.3 54.4 34.7 5.6
Mothers were asked about their degree of satisfaction as a mother, a wife, a working woman, and a human being. 60% of the respondents were housewives. 73.5% were satisfied as a mother; 65.7% as a wife, 59.7% as a human being and 38.1% as a working woman. Mothers of pre-school children and children in the lower primary grades were more satisfied with themselves as mothers.

Part-time and full-time working mothers balance work, children and husbands well (Table 6-2).

Table6-2
Satisfaction by Working Status

(%)
Housewives  
As a mother 76.4
As a wife 69.2
As a working woman 20.3
As a human being 58.5
Part-time workers  
As a mother 70.2
As a wife 60.7
As a working woman 53.7
As a human being 60.6
Full-time workers  
As a mother 65.8
As a wife 59.6
As a working woman 76.8
As a human being 66.0
The survey analyzed the degree of satisfaction by working status from three perspectives: as a working woman, as a wife, and as a mother. The table shows the degree of satisfaction (very much + pretty well). Overall, part-time and full-time working mothers have a good balance in their lives.

PICKUP DATA 7 Mothers want children to clean up after themselves. Mothers of boys want higher degree of independence.

Higher degree of independence in toilet and eating habits (Table 7-1)

Table7-1
Daily Habits

(%)
  Children are able to do it by themselves Parents sometimes help or give verbal directions Parents often help or give verbal directions Parents do most of it Children cannot yet do it by themselves
A. Get up in the morning and go to bed at night regularly 15.9 34.2 35.7 10.2 4.0
B. Greet and thank family members and others 22.5 53.0 21.5 2.1 0.9
C. Go to the toilet 68.4 24.3 5.6 1.3 0.4
D. Proper and polite table manners 39.8 45.2 13.0 0.9 1.1
E. Brush teeth 32.7 38.7 21.4 6.3 0.9
F. Take a bath 37.6 30.8 16.3 13.7 1.6
G. Tidy up the room after playing 17.0 41.2 32.6 8.4 0.8
H. Help with housework 14.3 33.5 18.5 27.2 6.5
I. Prepare for the following day 20.5 25.8 16.6 24.1 13.0
J. Keep promises 20.9 36.6 25.7 7.1 9.7
68.4% of mothers said that their children can go to toilet themselves, while 39.8% of them said that the children can eat properly and politely. On the other hand, 27.2% said that they do almost all the housework themselves. 24.1% prepare for the following day for their children.

Parents want boys to be more independent (Table 7-2)

Table7-2
Areas in which Mothers Want Higher Independence

(%)
G. Tidy the room after playing 59.2
B. Greet and thank family members and others 34.3
A. Get up in the morning and go to bed at night regularly 32.6
D. Proper and polite table manners 24.1
J. Keep promises 22.8
I. Prepare for the following day 21.4
E. Brush teeth 17.8
H. Help with housework 12.2
C. Go to the toilet 11.7
F. Take a bath 8.1
Many children cannot go to bed early at night and get up early in the morning, or tidy up the room by themselves after playing. Parents want their children to improve in these areas.

Parents of boys want them to be more independent, partly because a smaller number of boys have good table manners and are able to brush their teeth on their own.

Write a comment


*CRN reserves the right to post only those comments that abide by the terms of use of the website.

Facebook

About CRN

About Child Science

Links

CRN Child Science Exchange Program in Asia

Japan Today

Honorary Director's Blog

Recommended