Sunday 26 March 2017

Mum's want more quality time with kids

86pc of Mums Feel Technology has an Impact on Quality Time With Their Kids
60pc Feel They Need More Quality Time With Their Kids

Pat Spungin comments, Why can't we embrace 'techtime' within our everyday routines like 'storytime' and 'bathtime'? Photo: Thinkstockphotos.con
Pat Spungin comments, Why can't we embrace 'techtime' within our everyday routines like 'storytime' and 'bathtime'? Photo: Thinkstockphotos.con

A new report by the world's leading battery manufacturer, Energizer, in conjunction with leading child expert, Dr Pat Spungin, confirms that mums are dissatisfied with the amount of quality time they have with their 'Digital Native' kids, identifying technology as a barrier.

In one of its key findings, the report shows mums just don't have enough quality time with their children, 60pc want more and say that it's work or housework (44pc) that impacts on their ability to share positive moments.

Energizer recognises that it is kids who power a mum's world and commissioned the Positive Moments Report to honour the importance of quality time and positive moments. It clarifies mums' views and opinions, and highlights areas they feel could improve, providing support, comment and tips from Dr Pat Spungin; child psychologist, founder of parenting website raisingkids.co.uk and author of four books on family life.

When it comes to defining quality time, mums said laughing (90pc) and talking together (88pc) were the top factors in making those shared moments special.

Pat Spungin comments, "Quality time is not about planning something extraordinary, it's about everyday activities which are transformed by the intensity with which they are experienced. I don't believe you can set aside half an hour and make it quality time and the findings confirm this. Mums list 'laughing' at the top of their list of quality experiences; laughing is not just a quick response to a joke but a sustained bout of mutual pleasure at something funny."

When mums were asked if they agreed with the statement, 'Do you feel technology has had an impact on the quality time you spend with your children?', 86pc agreed, with 30.6pc strongly agreeing. One in four mums felt that their kids prefer to spend time playing computer games and consoles. In fact, 51pc of mums feel that these devices can take their kids away from shared family time.

Things are more positive with younger mums, where 54pc of those questioned aged 16-24, view playing computer games with their kids as spending quality time together, compared to 28pc of mums over 55 who said the same thing.

Pat Spungin comments, "Mums need to harness the positive energy of technology and stop seeing it as a barrier to time with their children and instead see it as an opportunity. Why can't we embrace 'techtime' within our everyday routines like 'storytime' and 'bathtime'?"

She continues, "The void between mums, children and technology is due to the speed in innovation which has meant that mums haven't been able to keep up with their kids and feel on the edge of a new world that they don't feel they belong to."

"Mums simply need to start interacting more with the technology and devices kids are already using (such as gaming consoles, tablets and the internet) in a natural and managed way. This does not have to be an extreme shift."

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