Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Parents Are Bored of Their Own Children

When I hear or read that a study has been done I usually ignore it but the one catching my attention this morning disturbed me a little. Disneyland Paris commissioned a survey of 2,000 adults and 2,000 kids aged 5 to 15 from the UK and asked them questions regarding playtime. Get this, 30% of parents think it's boring to play with their children and 16% of the kids can tell their mommies and daddies feel this way. Okay, the first statistic bothers me but the second one is most upsetting. When it comes to the 30% being bored, I know how hard it is for all of us these days to do it all meaning work all day, come home and cook, feed, clean, bathe and everything else which leaves little free time for play and when you do play you're tired. Many of us wouldn't choose life to be this way but it's a necessity to pay the bills but come on you parents of the 16%, can't you fake it? How sad to know that the little face looking up at you is thinking how they know Mommy would rather be playing on her iPhone or Daddy is thinking about what's on TV after they put you down for the night. How about the fact the survey said 55% of children want more quality fun time with their parents? It doesn't take a lot to please a young mind and the half hour it takes to push them on the swing and guide them down the slide means way more to them than you may think. The study said half of the parents blame work and chores for not playing with their children. Let the sink pile up with dishes for one night and forget about folding the laundry. The moments we have to laugh with our little ones go so fast and the dishes and laundry will still be there for you to clean and put away when they're all grown up and on their own.

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