Busy lives mean fewer family days, says survey
Families are not getting out together as often as they used to, according to a YouGov poll commissioned by the national charity, 4Children.
It shows that 62% of people questioned felt they went on fewer family days out than they did 20 years ago. Only 12% felt they had more days together and 16% felt it was about the same as 20 years ago.
4Children says it commissioned the survey because it is worried that increasingly busy lifestyles and concerns over money mean that family time is being squeezed. The charity believes that spending quality time together benefits all families, but is of particular value for vulnerable and disadvantaged families facing multiple stresses and challenges. 4Children launched the survey findings as part of a new campaign, Give Me Strength, which calls for more efforts to strengthen families and prevent them falling into crises.
Anne Longfield OBE, Chief Executive of 4Children said: “Hectic work schedules, financial concerns and competing demands on time can take their toll on the amount of time families spend together. A day out offers parents and children a chance to get away from both internal stresses within the family and external pressures. A short break away from the domestic routine allows children and parents to reconnect, especially for those families experiencing tough times. Days out can strengthen bonds and build shared family experiences and memories that we know are so important in keeping families strong and together.”