Updated: 02/19/2014 18:51

Parents' top regret is working too much when their children were young



Parents' top regret is working too much when their children were young

A survey has found that the number one regret of parents is spending too much time at work during their children's early years. 

The poll of 250 parents in Singapore by three students from NTU's Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information revealed that 74 per cent of parents spend only three to four hours on a typical day with their children. 

The majority cited work as the primary obstacle to devoting more time to their kids. 

The survey found that 23 per cent of parents regret not developing a shared hobby with their children, such as camping or playing a sport together - activities that would help in developing a child's problem-solving abilities and social intelligence. 

Research indicates that such activities contribute to improving a child's social and emotional intelligence, skills that are fundamental to a child's mental development in the long term. 

In response, three undergraduates from Nanyang Technological University have spearheaded a social campaign to encourage parents to think about the best way to spend time with their child to improve their mental wellbeing.

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