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Are You Spending Enough Time With Your Child? Research Seems to Suggest It’s Time to Stop Feeling Guilty.

by Deborah Song


For the 3-to-11-year-old range, mothers spend an average of 11 to 30 hours each week either fully engaged in activities with their kids, or nearby and accessible when needed. And for kids in their early teens, moms are there between 11 and 20 hours each week. On average, in 1975 moms spent just over 7 hours per week with their kids. 

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And yet, the study revealed that the majority of mothers feel as if they are not spending enough time with their children, leaving them anxious and distressed – which, as any parent knows, can trickle down to kids.

So it seems that we are spending enough time with our kids. Perhaps it’s time that we place the oxygen mask on ourselves first before we try to rescue our children from a childhood of not enough mommy or daddy time. And ask yourself if the person you’re robbing by pursuing that creative outlet, establishing financial security for yourself and family, or taking a much-needed break is your child or yourself.



Deborah Song is the founder of, a cruelty-free company committed to creating travel accessories that help travelers journey with ease, efficiency and elegance. She loves to travel the globe in pursuit of good food, wider life perspectives and great adventure stories with her kids. Deborah is a Canadian-born, mompreneur and Los Angeles-based writer, who obtained her master’s in journalism from New York University. You can find her travel stories at

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