Spanish children crave more time with mum and dad

SUMMER has traditionally being the perfect period to spend more time with the family.
Eighty per cent of families in Spain consider this time of the year to be the most fun. However, according to a study conducted by TriNa called ‘Fun with the Family,’ only 23 per cent of parents would like to spend more time with their children (especially those between six and nine years), while 29 per cent believe that they already spend enough time with their children.
According to this study, there are many parents who take for granted that their children prefer to be with their friends or play videogames than be with them. However, this is not entirely true.
“For these children it is very satisfying to spend time with their parents doing sports, going on an excursion, playing board games… There are parents who think leisure with children is not relevant but they are not aware that these shared times can help them get to know their children, teach them values and feel a closer bond to each other,” said a coordinator of the study.
In fact, the report assures that almost two thirds of children (63 per cent) would like to spend more time with their parents: watching a movie (64 per cent), cooking dinner on Friday night (48 per cent), reading together (45 per cent) or doing crafts (35 per cent).
For interviewed children between six and 12 years old, the most fun activity was going to a theme park (89 per cent), to the pool (87 per cent), having tea or a snack outside (86 per cent), going to a concert (85 per cent) or to the countryside (85 per cent).
Funnily enough, going to museums, shopping or reading together are mentioned as the favourite activities for parents: exactly the most dreaded activities mentioned by children.

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