A recent study suggested that parents only spend 34 MINUTES a day with their children. The numbers have dropped considerably since 1965 when parents almost spent 53 minutes with their children each day.

The cause of this has been found related to the amount of stress adults go through at work and also the fast-paced lifestyle.

Long working hours, traffic-filled commutes, and technology dependent lifestyles, parents admit to spending almost as less as half an hour a week and one in four parents admitting they just don’t have enough time to spend with their children.

The statistics over the weekend don’t change either, with studies finding out parents spend only 3 hours over the weekend with their children. Working parents admit that they are simply too exhausted, physically and mentally, to devote time to their children. Over sixty percent of people said they did activities together with their families, but they were non-active like cinema, playing games, or meals together.

One in six people said that they had a hard time “bringing the family together” as everyone is busy or the kids want to keep up with technology. One in four parents says that it is a “daily challenge” for them to spend time with their children. Spending quality time with family has proven to be beneficial for overall health. A family that spends at least 8-10 uninterrupted hours together each week tends to have less conflict, better communication, and a higher sense of emotional connection.

Here are some reasons why you should spend time with your family:

•    Parenting lengthens lifespan- Studies have linked parenting, especially being a mother, to having a longer lifespan. A study showed that women who have had children are almost 4 times less likely to suffer from cancer or circulatory diseases that cause early death.

•    Helps build a social network- Strong communication begins at home. A person who regularly engages with family and is involved in their lives is more likely to have a stronger social circle, which can help a person lead a better, healthier life. A study showed that the impact of strong social circles on the longevity of life is almost as much as the one between smokers and non-smokers.

•    Siblings decrease loneliness- A study found out that having a sister is good for your mental health; having a sister can make preteens feel less lonely and afraid, it increases their confidence and they also feel more loved and protected. The studies also found out that having a sibling, in general, is linked to one’s inclination to do good deeds as well.

•    Family helps inculcate good habits- Family values dictate a person’s overall behavior. People who spend more time with their family are found to be more polite, kind, and loving. Nutrition is also affected by the amount of time one spends with family. A study found out almost 46% people in a survey said that their family positively impacts their lifestyles making them healthier and better people.

An active, healthy family that communicates regularly has been found to have healthier and more confident children as compared to families that spend less than 8 hours a week together.

•    Stress relief ability- A survey found out that talking to your mother has a positive impact on your mind and is a stress relief. It reduces the stress and increases oxytocin, which is the “feel good” chemical of the body. Girls between the ages 7-12 feel more confident when confiding in their mothers. Regularly spending quality talking time with parents can help prevent diseases, mental health problems, and prolonged gaps in communication.

•    Family helps establish integrity and values- Family is one of the first concepts of socially knit systems we understand. Parents raise their children with a set of values and morals. The upbringing of a child can reflect the values he or she is brought up in. Family teaches us loyalty and love, which are both positive emotions having a healthy impact on our lives overall. Values and ethics impact our future and morals are carried on well into adulthood as well. Children who spend more quality time with their parents are proven to have better values and morals.

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