Grandfather Tree

Now having come to understand that we are all spiritual beings who have chosen to temporarily live a physical existence on this planet, certain musings are inevitable, and shared here.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Spending Time with Children

I just read an article in the NY Times where researchers have concluded that in fact both married and single parents are spending more time with their children than they did 40 years ago. Married men are spending more than twice as much time with their kids. Where is the time coming from? Less housework, although men are spending more time on housework than they used to, and less time with the spouse.

It is always intriguing to me when research discovers something that does not fit in with the "generally accepted belief," in this case, the belief being that parents are too busy these days to spend time with their kids and the kids are suffering. I have four kids, three teenagers and one 12. Believe me, my kids often do not want to spend time with me, unless it is driving them where they want to go.

Will this new research be quoted often and cause a change in understanding about what is going on in our culture? I doubt it.

Why is it easier to believe that parents are spending less time with their kids than that they are spending more time with their kids? Anybody out there have any ideas as to what is going on here? [1823]


  • At 3:18 AM, Blogger The Emerson Avenger said…

    Have you have considered entering into a free and responsible search for the truth and meaning behind why your kids often do not want to spend time you Wally Nut? You might learn something. . .

  • At 8:05 AM, Blogger Wally Nut said…

    Do you have teenage children, Mr. Avenger?

    [I have kept your comment here in spite of the sarcastic bite because it does relate to the topic. However if you respond to my comment with your well known agenda, I will erase it.]

  • At 8:20 AM, Anonymous My Daily Thoughts said…

    Kids need attention. Parents sometimes forget this important aspect of being a parent because of the hectic lives. They may not talk about it but it's all inside them. I spend at least 20 to 45 minutes talk with the kids during the weekdays and spend the whole day during the weekend. Know who your kids are because many changes occur as they grow. Let them know who you are, aside from being their parents and you'll be surprised how they open some of their secrets, because they trust you.


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