January 28, 2020
British parents are barely spending any time with their kids, and from what can be seen on a day-to-day basis, we could assume this is also generally true for the rest of the Western world.
The concept of a close-knit family is quickly becoming an antiquated notion. A recent survey of 1,000 British parents found that the average parent spends a mere five hours per week communicating face-to-face with their children.
More than half of surveyed moms and dads with children under the age of 18 said they feel “distant” from their kids. In all, 43% blamed their measly family time on their kids spending too much time in front of the television, with another 51% saying their kids spend too much time in their bedrooms. Another 44% said their familial disconnect is a result of their kids logging inordinate amounts of time on their phones during traditional “family time” in the evening.
Before trying to blame their kids, parents should ask themselves these questions:
- Who put a television in front of their kids?
- Who allowed the television to be watched without parental supervision?
- Who put a phone in the hands of their kids?
- Who allowed the phone to be used during family time?
Kids spending too much time in their bedrooms are likely to be watching television and using their smartphones or their computers.
Five hours a week of face-to-face communication means that these families don’t even spend an hour together every day, which in turn means that even if they have dinner together, they’re not really having dinner together.
They’re not even having breakfast together.
They may eat at the same time, in the same place, but they’re not really together.
Each of them is somewhere else — somewhere reachable only through screens.
The study, commissioned by Cadbury Heroes, also found that the average youngster starts to really avoid his or her parents around the age of 13. A significant 73% of respondents said their relationship with their children really changed once their sons and daughters became teenagers.
Nearly half (46%) of surveyed parents said they only talk to their kids for a maximum of four hours each week. Meanwhile, 54% said they would love to spend more time with their children.
To rectify this problem, over 80% of parents have taken an active interest in their children’s favorite activities in an effort to reconnect. For example, 20% of parents have learned how to play the popular online video game Fortnite, while 39% said they have gotten involved with their child’s hobbies. Another 33% have listened to their child’s favorite bands or musical artists in order to bond with them.
Absolute cringe. What’s next, fathers injecting estrogen and switching gender with their sons?
Kids in the West don’t need their parents to be “friends” or “pals.” They need their parents to be parents; to guide them, to lead them, to set them straight, to protect them.
“Your parents are your peers” is one of the most damaging messages that the media/school system has been putting out for decades. The whole portrayal of fathers as dumb and kids as smart in television shows and movies, schools defying parental authority, and other such things are all intended to make children easier to manipulate.
Parents who play along with that are facilitating the dick-cutting of their sons and the defilement of their daughters.