Study: Top Challenges for Romanian Parents: Communication, Stress

The latest Reveal Marketing Research study explored the motivations, perceptions, and feelings of Romanians about parenting, along with the challenges of raising children in modern society.

56% of Romanian parents report improved family dynamics after having children, while 28% believe it worsened.

According to the latest Reveal Marketing Research study, 65% of Romanians consider having two children ideal, while 12% prefer having just one.

However, the data show a different reality: most Romanian parents have only one child (56%). This trend is more pronounced in urban areas (61% vs. 49% in rural areas), whereas the percentage of parents with two children is higher in rural areas (38% vs. 32% in urban areas).

Additionally, in a society characterized by modernity, changes, and uncertainties, more young people are delaying parenthood. Only 29% of young people aged 18-24 have children, with the percentage rising to 54% for those aged 25-34.

Most Romanian parents (56%) report improved family dynamics after having children, 28% say it worsened, and for 16%, it remained unchanged.

Among the 28% who feel family dynamics worsened, women (35%) experience more difficulties than men (17%). Young parents aged 25-34 (39%) and those with children aged 0-6 (37%) also report more challenges.

The most expensive aspects of raising a child are education (72%), clothing and footwear (66%), nutrition (59%), and extracurricular activities (53%).

When deciding whether to have children, Romanians are influenced by personal desire (46%), financial stability (27%), health (24%), and career or personal development (17%).

The desire to have children is more pronounced in women (51% vs. 40% of men), while financial stability is significantly more important for men (31% vs. 23% of women). Parents are primarily motivated by a personal desire to have children (64%), whereas those without children prioritize financial stability (34%) and career or personal development (27%).

Opinions on the average monthly cost of raising a child vary: 36% of Romanians estimate it to be over 2000 RON, 33% between 1000 and 2000 RON, and 28% between 500 and 1000 RON.

Demographically, women (41% vs. 31% of men) and urban residents (39% vs. 32% in rural areas) are more likely to believe that a monthly income of over 2000 RON is necessary to raise a child.

The most expensive aspects in raising a child include education (72%), clothing and footwear (66%), nutrition (59%) and extracurricular activities (53%). Those with high incomes, over 8000 RON, mention in a significantly higher proportion extracurricular activities as the most expensive in raising a child (63% vs. 53% total sample).

1 June 2024: Celebrating Children’s Day in Romania

For 74% of parents, Children’s Day is a celebration of their children and the joy of parenthood, while 19% see it as just an ordinary day.

When it comes to plans for Children’s Day this year, 45% of parents will spend time with family, 20% plan to buy gifts, and 19% are considering attending public events dedicated to children.

Regarding attitudes and perceptions, 74% view Children’s Day as a time to celebrate children and enjoy being parents, 19% see it as an ordinary day, and 7% see it as a time to reflect on parenting responsibilities.

Challenges Faced by Romanian Parents

The main challenges for Romanian parents are communicating with children (55%) and managing stress (54%). Emotional challenges include:

  • Communication and understanding with children (55%)
  • Managing stress and fatigue (54%)
  • Balancing personal and professional life (40%)
  • Managing the relationship with a life partner (35%)

Women are more likely to struggle with managing stress and fatigue (60% vs. 43% of men), especially those with young children aged 0-6 (65%) and those living in urban areas (60% vs. 44% in rural areas).

Emotions and Parenthood

Positive feelings associated with parenthood include happiness (65%), pride (52%), and gratitude (39%). Negative feelings such as worry (38%) and stress (19%) are more common among urban parents (worry: 41% vs. 32% rural; stress: 21% vs. 16% rural).

Expressing Love and Gratitude

Parents show love and gratitude to their children through:

  • Words of encouragement and affection (70%)
  • Spending quality time together (60%)
  • Providing emotional and educational support (57%)
  • Giving gifts and surprises (34%)
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  • Panagiotis Spyridis

    Ban now Homeschooling. the silliest ever concept that isolates children from society and they grow up alone. When eventually they get out there… they wont know how to survive!