Nowadays, parents are not spending enough time with their children. In this article, we will look at several reasons why parents are not spending enough time with their children as well as the effects of this phenomenon. In recent years, parents have become increasingly preoccupied with their jobs and careers. This is especially true following the 2007 global economic downturn which we are still recovering from. As a result, parents are more concerned about putting food on the table and trying their best to avoid losing their jobs than spending enough time with their children.
Another reason why parents are now spending less time with their children is due to their belief that spending quality time with their children can be replaced with showering their children with material goods. Such parents believe that as long as they keep their children happy with new clothes, mobile phones, portable music players and more pocket money, they do not need to spend time with them. Given a choice, most children would prefer to spend time with their friends, rather than with their own parents.
These children believe that their parents do not understand them the way their friends do. Moreover, they feel that their freedom is restricted when spending time with their parents. While parents are preoccupied with their careers and jobs, their children spend most of their time being involved in their school life. The life of a student has become very examination-oriented. These days, not only do children attend school but also a variety of tuition classes and extracurricular activities.
With this, children would hardly find the time to spend enough time with their parents except during the year-end school holidays. There are both positive and negative effects when parents do not spend enough time with their children. On the positive side, their children may become more independent and there will be fewer opportunities for arguments. Their children will also learn to fend for themselves when their parents are not around. Family life may become more peaceful and harmonious if there is less friction between parents and their children.
On the other hand, children may become involved in unhealthy activities if their parents do not spend sufficient time with them. The lack of supervision may cause the children to mingle with the wrong company. Furthermore, the relationship between parents and their children may deteriorate if too little time is spent together as a family unit. Both parties may gradually feel less love for each other which may eventually break up the family.