Asian parents are more likely to experience the stress around their child/children’s development than other Kiwi parents in New Zealand, revealed nib’s parenting survey.

One in three (32 per cent) Asian parents surveyed said they felt pressure about their child’s stage of development. This was significantly higher than overall respondents, with one in four (23 per cent) parents reporting that they’ve experienced this pressure.  

Asian parents were more than twice as likely to report experiencing “a lot” of pressure to keep up with other families in some respect – at 11 per cent compared to 5 per cent overall.

Leading health insurer, nib New Zealand (nib) recently undertook its inaugural State of the Nation Parenting Survey – canvassing the views of 1,200 parents throughout the country (including step-parents, guardians, and caregivers with children 17 years or younger), on the major concerns and trends impacting them today.

The survey was carried out in partnership with global measurement and data analytics company, Nielsen.

The findings document provided a summary of the insights at a total level, with top-line data specifically related to the Asian community.

The usual suspect of social media and the use of technology and the impact of screen time dominated the list of areas of concerns by parents, regardless of their ethnicity.

Some of the main concerns of all parents in New Zealand were the impact of social media (89 per cent), the use of technology and impact of screen time (85 per cent), the ability to cope with peer pressure (81 per cent), ownership of electronic devices (77 per cent) and o  managing behavioural issues (73 per cent).

The fact that 73 per cent of all parents were also concerned of their child/children’s mental health issue is also worrying.

However, among all parameters, Asian parents were more likely to have experience stress and pressure about how their children were coping with areas of concern, pointing towards the challenges that ethnic minority migrants experiences in the settlement in the new country.

Asian parents were significantly more likely to have experienced extreme concern about their child/children’s ownership of electronic devices (15 per cent), compared to total survey respondents (9 per cent).

Social media and device usage

The potential impact of social media on our children causes the highest degree of concern for parents in New Zealand, with nearly half (45 per cent) of respondents expressing either extreme or high levels of concern. Overall, nearly nine in 10 (89 per cent) respondents expressed some level of concern on this issue.

Quality time
One in five Asian parents (18 per cent) were extremely concerned with the amount of time they have available to spend with their children compared with 11 per cent of total survey respondents.

Overall, 76 per cent of respondents reported some degree of concern over the amount of time they have available to spend with their children (with 37 per cent experiencing either “a lot” or “a moderate amount” of concern).

Among Asian parents, one in 10 (10 per cent) cited their biggest concern as placing their child or children in daycare / pre-school / kindergarten when returning to work, compared with only 5 per cent of total survey respondents.