How many hours throughout a whole day working parents or SAHM, do you actually spend really interacting with your kids? In between the cleaning,cooking washing or working?
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24-11-2014 23:42 #1
How much time do you spend a day, with your kids?
24-11-2014 23:57 #2
Monday to Thursday (work days) - 30-60 minutes
Friday (day off, usually do groceries and errands) - 1-2 hours
Saturday & Sunday - 3-4 hours as we usually do something fun for her enjoyment on those days. She sleeps for 3+ hours so that takes a large chunk out of our day
25-11-2014 00:39 #3
Monday - work so realistically maybe 1 hour ( home at 6 bed by 8)
Tuesday - go out and meet up with friends for play and lunch so quite a bit maybe 5-6 hours
Wednesday- mainly music and trampolining maybe 4 hours
Thursday work but finish at 3.30 to pick him up from pre school and we go for a coffee and bike ride so maybe 3 hours
Friday - little kickers and meet DH for lunch and afternoon at home so maybe 6 hours
Saturday - work until 3 - 2 hours
Sunday - family day so maybe 6 - 8 hours
25-11-2014 00:40 #4
Subbing. Hard to put a time on it but I often wonder if it's too much or not enough.
25-11-2014 06:07 #5
I'm a SAHM, I try and spend a fair bit of time playing with DS. I keep the majority of cleaning and cooking to when he's asleep and then I play with him for about an hour and a half when wakes up, then he plays by himself while I do washing, vacuuming (he insists on trying to catch the vacuum cleaner) then after I've done some things I'll sit on the ground to play before he goes to bed again. Some days it seems like never enough and some days it seems like all I've done is play with him lol
25-11-2014 06:43 #6
Hmm hard one to gauge for me. Work days maybe an hour, home days it really varies, they are involved in everyday chores like cooking and washing etc and we tend to do bursts of play or reading throughout the day so maybe a few hours all up and they play on their own with me supervising quite a bit. Some days we have organised activities like Kindergym where too whichever is an added hour of play.
I must say I find it hard to actually sit down and play cars for more than 10mins and I'm not great at doing crafty stuff with them. Our interaction is more chasing around the house etc. Weekends they are generally outside with us working in the yard or on 'handy-man' projects with dh and we try to get them out to a playground or park on Sunday.
Last edited by decemberbubba; 25-11-2014 at 06:51.
25-11-2014 06:44 #7
Monday- Friday - probably about an hour each day on average. This includes dinner time when we sit around the table and chat and mornings when he's snuck into my bed and we have a snuggle before getting up to get ready.
Weekends- depending on what's on each weekend. When we go away camping, it'd be close to 3/4 of the day. The other 1/4 is him off exploring or playing with friends that he's found.
25-11-2014 07:58 #8
16 hours on average a week. 1 hour before daycare, 1 hour after, before bed. 2-3 days a week, then 10 hours on Sunday.
I spend it all interacting with them, they participate in household chores and cooking with me.
Mine are 3 and 4.
Last edited by BlissedOut; 25-11-2014 at 08:00.
25-11-2014 11:38 #9Senior Member
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Depends if it's a work day. Days I work, probably only 3-4 hours depending on my shift. About an hour or so before work, then a few hours when I get home (I usually only do half days). Once his dad comes home, I tend to spend less time actually interacting with him, he either plays by himself while I hang out with his dad or he plays with dad.
Days I'm not working, easily 8 hours a day or more. Even if I'm cleaning or something, he likes to 'help' so I rarely have any time in my day where I'm not interacting with him. He tends to have long naps so that is when I do anything that I can't get done with him around.
25-11-2014 11:42 #10
Really hard to say. I'm around her anywhere from 1-10 hours a day, but it's hard to determine exactly what counts as interaction.
For example...right now I'm sitting at the dining table checking emails etc. on my laptop, whilst DD is about a metre away at her little table, drawing on a magnadoodle. We're having a conversation about what she's drawing, but I'm certainly not giving her my full attention.
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