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    Default Family Peace Organisation - 8 Minutes a day

    I've heard on here before about how children only really need 10 minutes undivided parental attention each day. In fact it came up in another thread I started yesterday.

    So this morning I heard an advertisement on the radio from the Family Peace Organisation saying that it's 8 minutes a day.

    Firstly I've never heard of the Family Peace Organisation, has anyone else? Secondly I find it odd they have it on a radio advertisement, does anyone else? Thirdly, I've always wondered where this advice has come from to begin with. Was there research conducted? Why is this 8 minutes or 10 minutes bandied about? I'm not saying I don't believe it (although I'm a bit iffy on such a small amount of time), but I'm very interested on what research backs this up or where this stat actually came from.

    Does anyone practice this and do they think it's effective?

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    I have no idea what research it's based on, but if it is, I suspect it would be the absolute minimum for a child to develop and form a good bond with their parent/s. Personally I think that's no where near enough and we seem to treat our kids as chores now it's a bit sad.

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    I was the one who made the comment about ten minutes a day...and I haven't heard an ad or know who that organisation is. I read about it over a decade ago and it stuck with me. I don't only spend ten minutes with my kids a day and that's it, but when I've worked a 12 hour day and been on my feet all day I take comfort knowing that the ten minutes my kids get from me is enough. Some days ten minutes is the reality of life.

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    I'm not at all comfortable with that being advertised. Whilst I totally acknowledge the reality of life as a working parent (been there!) I hate the thought that people might think this is ALL they need to do. As opposed to what you've said @Full House

    I agree with del that it's a little scary to think we (general we) view children as a chore to be scheduled in.

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    I don't know anything about these sort of statistics, but I sure hope anyone reading that doesn't then think Ok, that is all I need to give my kids. There was talk many years ago, about 'giving children Quality time was better than Quantity of time" . I think it was mainly to give comfort to working mothers, which was a new change in society. There are so many pressures on families these days, I am glad I had my children when I did, and at the age I was. marie.

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    Never heard of it.. Not sure 8 mins is enough

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    I think 8 minutes a day is a good reminder to those with older kids and teens.

    Obviously a baby, toddler, or preschooler will naturally get a lot more than that simply because they require supervision and assistance. However it easy to overlook the moody 15 year old who prefers to sit in their room chatting to friends.

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    Haha

    My DS sleeps for roughly 600 mins a nap got leaving 1440 mins in the day we spend 8 mins together lol. So who entertains him for the other 1432mins. He would go nuts if we didn't spend more then that together. Sometimes I think who ever these Research papers doesn't have kids

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    8 minutes a day isn't even an hour of time per week. I don't know how the research is structured but I'd be thinking kids need more than 1 hour a week of undivided attention. I haven't looked at the research though.

    I wonder too if it means 8 minutes during the working week and taking into account that most people spend their family time together on the weekends?
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    Default Family Peace Organisation - 8 Minutes a day

    Oops, forgot the video link.

    I actually question the organisation and their motives to pay for radio advertising and to promote the 8 minutes a day

    Has anyone else heard the ad?

    Also they don't mean spend only 8 minutes with them, but 8 minutes of quality undivided attention. I can see this being okay on weekdays for working parents, it's hard to give undivided attention on those crazy days

    https://vimeo.com/183764439

    http://anrows.org.au/family-peace-foundation


 

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