Spending time with family is vital for maintaining a happy family with strong relationships. The more time you spend together, the better chance you have of bonding over quality experiences.
Children want their parents to spend time with them and to show interest in their day-to-day lives. They will remember quality time as happy memories.
Charles Francis Adams (1807-1886), the son of President John Adams, and a US displomat, once wrote in his diary: "Went fishing with my son today—a day wasted." His son Brook’s entry on the same day read: "Went fishing with my father—the most wonderful day of my life."
According to a recent study by Dr. Almudena Sevilla of the University of London and Cristina Borra of the University of Seville, fathers are spending seven times more time with their children than they did in the 1970s.
Sevilla and Borra say “Forty years ago, men spent an average of five minutes a day with their offspring. Today, working fathers' quality time has increased to 35 minutes a day."
A similar research study conducted by the Pew Research Center in 2010, found that fathers have almost tripled the amount of time they spend with their children since 1965. According to research, in 1965, fathers spent an average of 2.5 hours a week with their children, whereas in 2011, dads spent an average of 7.3 hours per week with their children. According to the study, fathers spend an average 7 hours a week on childcare, while mothers spend an average of 13.5 hours a week.
Fathers have been found to spend significantly less time than mothers in almost all child-care activities except for actually playing with children, where the gender gap is the smallest. Both fathers and mothers spend an average of about two hours per week in recreational-type childcare activities.
Despite the difference in the time spent with children, mothers and fathers are just as likely to find meaning in caring for their children, according to the research.
Some 46% of fathers feel they still don’t spend enough time with their children, while only 23% of mothers think they don’t spend enough time with their children. Even when time spent is not as often as they want, parents are trying to give as much time as possible to their children.
No matter how much time you are spending with your children and family, make sure to make it fun, productive, and time that you - and they - will remember!
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