How much time do mothers spend with their children?

Study by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development – an organisation that helps governments tackle challenges – shows that mothers in Britain who work outside the home spend on average one hour 21 minutes a day looking after their families – including meal times; and that stay-at-home mothers manage almost twice as much time directly caring for their children, with 2 hours 35 minutes dedicated to activities like meals, bathtime and playing games. Click here for more on this.

It might sound strange that stay-at-home mothers manager only one hour more with their children than those working outside the home, but…

…perhaps preparing  a meal while children are engaged in another room was not included. Did preparing a meal and encouraging piano practice count?

When is ‘together’ being ‘together’?   And do youngsters really want parents breathing down their necks every minute of the day – isn’t it healthy for mum or dad to just ‘be there’ on the same premises while they play quietly alone?   We observe them – but, most importantly,  they also observe us (role modelling) and see how we are spending our time while running the home – ie, there may not be any active interaction,  but ‘learning’ is still happening,  even when Dad is ironing,  or Mum is  doing the household accounts – in other words useful stuff that needs to be done to run a happy home. 

Even an adult relaxing and reading a book for pleasure is good for children to see in their parents, so they learn this is a ‘good’ way to spend time – good for mental health and wellbeing – rather than rushing around looking stressed.

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2 Responses to “How much time do mothers spend with their children?”

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  2. Beryl Cooke Says:

    I agree!
    How much time a mother spends with her children depends entirely on their age.
    Are we talking about pre-schoolers?

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