Time spent with children
In Australia, working mothers are spending 137 minutes directly caring for their children on average a day (including meal time), while fathers spend 69 minutes according to a recent Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development survey (OECD). This compares with stay-at-home mums and dads, who manage 236 and 105 minutes respectively. Working mothers in British spend on average just 81 minutes a day caring for their children (fathers 43 minutes), this compares to 150 mins in Ireland. In Japan - working mothers spent just 1 hour per day with their children and father . . . this is shocking . . 20 mins (but this is probably a cultural things perhaps).
Mothers spent 60 per cent of their time on physical care, such as dressing, feeding, changing nappies, providing medical care and supervision. While fathers were much more likely to spend time on educational and recreational childcare - helping children with their homework, reading and playing games.
Why do some couples have children?
Who is bringing up this generation of children?
Primary childcare in minutes per day (parents aged 15-64)
Age of children: under the age of 18, under 15 in Australia
Source: Cooking, caring and Volunteering: unpaid work around the world, OECD 2011
Perhaps this is in part of the woos of this world - we no longer have time to spend with our children . . . time to NURTURE them . . . time to TEACH them . . time to WATCH over them . . . time to TRAIN them. . . . time to LOVE them. Perhaps this is why some of our children feel isolated and alone, because they are. If parents are spending so little time with their children, they don't have time to listen to them, so critical for teenage children . . . the age where they need someone to talk to . . . so they talk to their peers and are led astray. But who is really to blame for this?
This is a real tragedy.
God never intended parents to have children and then spend so little time with them.
Train up a child in the way he should go:
and when he is old , he will not depart from it.