The Parenting Index, a first-of-its-kind study into parenting experiences in 16 countries including the Philippines, has identified universal factors that impact on ease of parenting across the world.Commissioned by Nestlé headquartered in Switzerland, the Index is a component of the Nestlé Parenting Initiative as a part of the company’s commitment to support new parents in raising their children. The study was conducted by Kantar, an evidence-based insight and consulting global company.The eight universal factors are absence of pressure (internal and external), financial resilience, support for working life, an easy baby, health and well-being resources, a supportive environment, shared parenting, and parenting confidence.
Findings on the Philippines
The survey found that parents in the Philippines (ranked 14th) feel pessimistic in three key factors, including experiencing high levels of pressure and low financial resilience. They also report feeling less satisfied across all the other factors.Many Filipino parents hold highly traditional values and parenting attitudes, and they rely heavily on what they remember from their own childhood, or on advice from their parents or older relatives.
They are likely to live with extended families, which while ensuring the preservation of tradition, family values, respect and obedience to elders, can also mean being exposed to a great deal of advice and instruction.Financial constraints are further exacerbated by the economic situation of the country, and most Filipino moms tend to continue working after giving birth to help provide for the family, but develop feelings of neglect for their child.Those surveyed in the country desire to have a strong, healthy (not sickly or fussy), happy, sociable, independent, self-reliant, “can-do” child who can learn quickly and figure things out with minimal supervision. They dream of giving their child every advantage.According to the Index, despite financial and economic difficulties, Filipino parents surveyed feel comfortable and confident about their parenting decisions, much of which could be attributed to the upholding of traditional family values of respect and trust in the advise of older family members.
Collaboration to support parents
“The Nestlé Parenting Initiative aims to support parents during the first 1,000 days of their child’s life when the foundations for lifelong development, growth and health are created.
Under this global Initiative, the Parenting Index Report is a resource not only for us but also for other stakeholders in the public and the private sectors, including policymakers, legislators, the academe, and professionals in various fields. We recognize the importance and the value of working together in enabling parents to raise happy and healthy children,” said Nestlé Philippines Chairman and CEO Kais Marzouki.According to Marzouki, Nestlé Philippines implements a parental support policy which recognizes that each family is unique and supports all forms of family set-ups: biological or adoptive parents, including same-sex partners, single parents, and legal guardians. The policy extends maternity leave from 15 weeks as mandated by law to 18 weeks of fully paid leave.The policy extends the statutory paternity leave from one week to four weeks of paid leave to promote father-child bonding and support the spouse’s recovery.The Makati Administrative Office of the company is certified as a Mother-Baby Friendly Workplace. The certification is awarded to a company that promotes the practice of breastfeeding and supports early child development through the establishment of a lactation facility, and the provision of paid lactation breaks and the maintenance of day care services.