Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Couch Potatoes R Us

I could have told you this.

The survey suggested that children were more likely to be watching television or playing alone or with friends, playing computer games or watching DVDs than spending any time with their parents.

Family time appears to be much more marginalised - with shared meals lasting an average of 43 minutes per day for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and 18% of families sharing only 17 minutes together.

Sue Palmer, author of Toxic Childhood, says of the survey that "unlike the free-range youngsters of the past, most are kept penned up at home rather than out to play".

"And with most parents working - or exhaustedly trying to fit domestic responsibilities around work - there isn't much time for family activities either."

Nor can parents expect much help from children - with 38% saying their nine-year-old did no tidying up or household chores of any kind and 29% saying they helped for less than 30 minutes per week.

We struggle with this and I work part time. We work hard to spend time with the kids, but it is often them who crave "quiet time" with the computer or television. They even like to go to the park and climb trees from time to time. But then I have to give up my computer and go with them. Groan Groan.

1 comment:

Lord Higham- Murray said...

Clearly, on these stats, it's time to sell the children.