Parents put work ahead of children

| January 12, 2010
Parents put work ahead of children

Many parents are too busy working to spend time with their children, a new survey has found.

Research by Scottish Widows found that one in three (34%) of parents want to spend more time with their family.

One fifth of parents and grandparents said they are not prioritising their children or grandchildren enough.

Busy working lives were most to blame for keeping parents away from their children, with mums and dads citing work pressures as forcing them to spend less time with their families.

A quarter (25%) of parents said worries about financial security prevent them from spending more time with their children.

Just 2% of those polled in the Priorities of Life survey said they wished they had more time to devote to their career.

“It’s understandable parents want to work hard to provide for their children’s futures, but they could be missing out on spending valuable time with them growing up,” said Alison Morris of Scottish Widows.

“We know that balancing work and family life can be difficult and with studies showing that 60% of fathers work over 40 hours a week, it’s no surprise that parents want to spend more time with their children,” she added.

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