86% of mums feel technology has an impact on quality time with their kids. Should we embrace ‘techtime’ within our everyday routines like ‘storytime’ and ‘bathtime’?
Mums are dissatisfied with the amount of quality time they have with their ‘Digital Native’ kids, identifying technology as a barrier.
60% say that it’s work or housework that impacts on their ability to share positive moments.
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?’, 86% agreed, with 30.6% strongly agreeing.
One in four mums felt that their kids prefer to spend time playing computer games and consoles. In fact, 51% of mums feel that these devices can take their kids away from shared family time.
““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 a”Pat Spungin
Things are more positive with younger mums, where 54% of those questioned aged 16-24, view playing computer games with their kids as spending quality time together, compared to 28% of mums over 55 who said the same thing.
Pat Spungin, child psychologist, founder of parenting website raisingkids.co.uk and author of four books on family life.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”.
To to help mums in their challenge to embrace technology, in order to create positive moments and enjoy more quality time, here are some tactics and advice from Pat Spungin.
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