Parents want to work fewer hours

More than half of UK parents would like to work less hours and spend more quality time with their children in 2014, according to a survey by Jo Jingles, the children’s music and movement franchise.

When asked to name the ONE life change they would like to make as a parent in the coming New Year, the pressure of work commitments versus the time spent together as a family came top in the new poll.

This was closely followed by almost a quarter of parents who admitted the one life change they would make is to ‘play with their children more often’.  Others cited ‘creating a better bedtime routine’ as something they wanted to change.  Only a small proportion of parents said they wanted to make changes to their lifestyle so they could collect their child from school or nursery every day; a further 6% said they wanted to ‘listen to their children more’.

Caroline Crabbe, general manager at Jo Jingles, said: “In an ideal world most parents would prefer to work less and spend more time with their children; but sadly life isn’t always that straightforward.  With the country still in recession and the cost of goods and services still climbing, the need to ‘bring home the bacon’ is a hard fact of life for many.  Add to that the consistent pressure on parents to buy the latest toys and gifts this Christmas, parents have it really tough right now.  But what is clear from these findings is that the ‘desire’ to spend more quality time with our children is very much at the forefront of our hopes for the coming year.  In fairness, most people won’t be able to simply cut their working hours to make that happen, but making just a few small achievable changes which help make that special time even more special, will make all the difference.”

She added: “Many parents also face the pressure of working remotely even when they get home from work so that special time can be taken up with mobile devices which ensure we are connected to our employers 24/7 whether we like it or not!  But making one change for 2014 which gives a child uninterrupted quality time with that parent could have a huge impact in terms of early years’ development and strengthening the bonds of trust and communication between that parent and child.”

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