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Does housework get in the way of family time?


A parent's work is never done, it seems, but a new survey has highlighted one worrying consequence of their busy schedules.

According to research by Slumberdown, parents are spending longer doing housework than playing with their children, the Daily Mail reports.

Figures showed that average parents spend nearly four hours a day - or two months a year - completing domestic chores.

By contrast, they are spending only three hours and 28 minutes a week having quality time with their kids.

Of course, housework is not the only factor that stands in the way of getting to spend time with the children.

Indeed, the survey noted that parents must also deal with responsibilities such as long working hours, while children themselves might not always want family time and prefer to watch TV instead.

But in some cases, the fact that mums and dads are busy doing chores is causing friction. In fact, more than four in ten people said their kids had complained about them doing housework instead of playing with them.

Eighty-eight per cent of respondents admitted they feel that household chores take up a lot of time, while 86 per cent said they wish they had more time to spend with their kids.

But at the same time, nearly three-quarters feel that leaving the chores to pile up isn't an option, while eight in ten said certain jobs would have to be ignored in order to have time with the kids.

Sally Hotchin, spokeswoman for Slumberdown, commented: "Family lives are becoming busier than ever, and unfortunately this means the quality time we get to spend with our children is decreasing.

"No one likes to have an untidy house or chores piling up, but it seems this is getting in the way of us having fun with our partners and children.

"Ignoring the chores can be a simple solution for some, but this can end up adding to the stress and ruining the time you do have together."

The solution might therefore be to bring in a professional cleaning service, so they can focus on the chores while you give your kids the attention they want and deserve.ADNFCR-3568-ID-801828616-ADNFCR