Too busy to parent

Working parents often complain that they don’t get enough time with their kids, but according to the results of the Parent24 Kids Nation Survey even weekends don’t provide enough time for parents to spend time with their kids. Between weekend work, household chores, shopping, hobbies and religious meetings, SA’s kids are losing out on their parents.

When asked how much time parents spend with their kids on a weekend day, 6% of parents said 1-4 hours. 11% said 4-6 hours and 26% said 6-10 hours.

The survey did not reveal what activities are coming between kids and their parents and obviously children of differing ages require different levels of care/parental input, but here are a few possible examples:

Weekend work/extra work:

Some parents have to work on weekends in order to stay on top of their workload or to earn extra money. Some choose to work because they love working and other parents work in sectors such as retail or hospitality which require weekend shift commitments. Some parents have to study on weekends.


It’s great to look after yourself if you’re a parent, but sports and other fitness-related activities can become very time-consuming. Training for competitive events can take up lots of time, too.


It’s not just parents! Some children have lots of commitments on weekends, too. Sports teams, clubs and other activities may see some children’s entire weekend days swallowed up.


Religions, obviously, require lots of commitment and usually attendance of a meeting of some sort at least once a week, but there may be extra tasks related to your religious community which can take up your time such as meetings to organise meetings and other additional events.

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Social media activity can get in the way of parenting, too!


Shopping and mopping (or other forms of household chores) can be extremely time-consuming. It’s hard to spend time with your kids while you’re busy tidying your home unless they are enlisted in the chores, of course…

It’s quite possible, too, that some parents feel that they spend too much time with their kids!

We’d love to hear from you whether you feel like you’re getting to spend enough time with your child and, if something is getting in the way, what is it and how can you change it, if possible. Let us know in the comments section below.
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