Blogging The Washington Post

Blogging The Washington Post

Janie Lee
Mar 26, 2007

We were surprised by a study reporting that today's parents spend more time with their kids than in the past.

The Washington Post reported that according to the study, in 1965 mothers spent 10.2 hours a week tending primarily to their children — feeding them, reading with them or playing games, for example.

By the 1970s and 1980s, that number had dipped, but then rose in the 1990s and now is higher than ever, at nearly 14.1 hours a week spent tending to children. In fact, for married mothers, hours with children rose from 47 a week in 1975 to 51 a week in 2000. For married fathers, the increase was from 21 to 33 hours a week.

The information is based on analysis of detailed time diaries kept by thousands of Americans.

Did the results surprise you? Do you still feel as though you're not spending enough time with your kids? The full article can be read here.

(pic: The University of Queensland)

Created with Sketch.