May 20, 2022
Natalie Griffith – Director, Product & Content
Collage Group’s Parents and Kids Category research explores dynamics of parents and kids by ethnicity within key categories: food, beverage and QSR, personal care and beauty, infant care, media, toys and games, and travel.
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Part of understanding parents and kids is appreciating how and who makes decisions in specific categories. It’s also crucial to understand how parenting styles vary based on key characteristics such as race, ethnicity, generation, and gender. In this presentation, we explore usage, drivers, and channels for specific categories that are top of mind for parents and kids, including:
- Food, beverage and QSR
- Personal care and beauty
- Infant care
- Toys and games
Key Finding #1: Consider the multiple factors impacting parenting style and values
Parents today are overwhelmed with information and influence – from competing information sources, to competing parenting styles, it can be hard to make decisions in any category.
Many Factors Impact Parenting Style and Values, but Generation and Race and Ethnicity Have an Oversized Impact
- Race and Ethnicity transmit and proxy for religious and country of origin elements that impact parenting style and values
- Generation transmits the powerful social norms the parent grew up in
Understand the specific factors that drive purchases in your category, as well as how they differ by ethnic segment.
Mealtime is an important connection point for families, especially for multicultural parents who seek to introduce their culture to their children through native cuisine.
Multicultural Parents, Especially Hispanic and Asian American Parents, Want Their Children to Enjoy Cultural Foods
% of parents that think it’s very or extremely important their children eat food from their family’s cultural background
Message not just around the importance of mealtime, but around the cultural connection it enables. Also consider providing parents with accessible ways to introduce native foods to their children.
From mealtime and personal care to travel, parents today are involving their kids in decision making processes, big and small.
Most Parents Have Handed off Decision Making about Personal Care Products by the Time Their Kids Become Teenagers
I let my teenager(s) choose their own personal care products like shampoo, soap, lotion, etc.
Travel Decisions Are a Collaborative Process Between Kids and Parents – Older Parents Who Are More Likely to Have Older Kids Over-Index Seeking Their Children’s Input
How much influence does your child(ren) have on where you go for family vacations?
A lot - I plan vacations on where my child(ren) says they want to go
Some - I provide my child(ren) with options for where we can go and get their input
None - I plan where we go for vacations without my child(ren)'s input
Recognize that there are two key decision makers when messaging to the families of today, and make sure you are communicating benefits that appeal to both parents and kids.
Key Finding #4: Use media to enable cultural connections
Media is an important cultural connector for families today. Asian and Hispanic parents seek out shows and movies in their native language, and Black parents feel it is important for their kids to see characters that look like them.
Across Multicultural Segments, Parents Are Making an Effort to Ensure Their Children See Themselves in the Characters They Watch
I make an effort to have my child(ren) watch shows that have main characters that are:
Almost Half of Hispanic and a Third of Asian American Parents Think It’s Important Their Children Watch Shows and Movies in Their Family’s Language
Provide representation in ways that are culturally specific, and enable the learning experiences parents hope to provide – whether that is through language or representation.
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Director, Product & Content
Natalie has over 10 years of experience in consumer insights and brand strategy, including 3+ years as lead researcher in Gartner Iconoculture’s Gen Z practice. Natalie has managed research projects across industries, including extensive work in financial services, media, technology, and food and beverage. Natalie holds a B.S. in Psychology from Tulane University.