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Moms Prefer Manners over Grades

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A new survey of moms reveals that good manners are still important to them, with 77 percent saying they prefer to have kids with good manners over good grades.

In America, where the U.S. Census Bureau says just 4 percent of today’s families fall into its definition of “traditional” by having a working father and a stay-at-home mom with kids under 18, a new study by Women at NBCU finds 49 percent of moms say “traditional” is the parenting style they aspire to have.

In another sign of the desire to embrace that traditional lifestyle, 66 percent of moms would prefer to be stay-at-home moms and 77 percent prefer to have kids with good manners over good grades.

Additional findings from the Women at NBCU survey:

  • 36 percent of dads would prefer to be a stay-at-home parent than a working parent.
  • 61 percent of dads say they split the household chores and childcare equally with their partners, but only 27 percent of moms feel the household work is evenly split.
  • Moms reported drug abuse and the “breakdown of the traditional family” as the top two most serious issues facing children today.
  • 31 percent of moms admit to lingering longer in the shower, while running errands and during a commute to get a bit more “alone time” during the day.

Women at NBCU is an initiative that connects to women via multiple platforms at NBCUnversial, including Oxygen, Style, Bravo and the Today show.  The survey involved 3,224 moms and 403 dads.

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