One Third Of All Kids Have Asked Their Parents To Work Less

posted: 06/02/15
by: TLCme
A child sits on her mother's lap as the mother works on a computer

You probably think you work too hard -- and your kids might agree with you. According to a new survey from CareerBuilder UK, a full third of all kids think their parents work too much.

And parents know it. Around 38 percent of those surveyed said they felt their jobs were having a negative impact on their relationships with their children. A big reason? Time. The majority of respondents said they spent only two or three hours a day with their kids during the week, and around ten percent admitted they spent only an hour or less per day with their children.

Parents don't want to work so much -- but it's become a necessity. Around half of those surveyed said they would be likely to quit their job if their spouse made enough money to support the family. though one in three respondents said they wouldn't leave their jobs even if they could afford to. Women were more likely than men to be interested in trading some of their work for more time with their kids.

Not surprisingly, more men than women believed they could have it all. Around 65 percent of all men said that they had no problem balancing work and family, while only 58 percent of women believing the same.

Then again...a recent study out of the University of Maryland found we may actually be stressing ourselves out too much about spending time with our kids. It turns out that all the stress around spending time with kids is actually bad -- for children. And according to U of Maryland researchers, the amount of time you spend with a child between the ages of 3 and 11 has little impact on their psychological or academic success. In other words: quality matters more than quantity when it comes to spending time with your kids.

So maybe keep your day job after all.