Date
24 September 2017
Hong Kong parents should bend over backwards and think from their children's perspective, according to a social worker. Photo: flicker.com
Hong Kong parents should bend over backwards and think from their children's perspective, according to a social worker. Photo: flicker.com

HK fathers spend less than five hours a week with kids

An overwhelming number of Hong Kong fathers spend less than five hours a week playing with their children, a survey has shown.

In a sample of 660 fathers with children six to 12 years old, 80 percent said they spend less than five hours a week playing with their children, lower than the seven hours recommended by experts, according to Playright Children’s Association which conducted the survey.

About 85 percent said they are under economic pressure in raising their children, with 14 percent experiencing a lot or extraordinary duress.  

A separate survey by the Hong Kong Young Women’s Christian Association shows children give their parents an average score of 7.87 out of 10 in their level of satisfaction with their parental relationship. Parents give their children a satisfaction rating of 8.25, Sky post reported Monday.

The survey covered more than 1,000 Hong Kong students between nine and 14 and their parents.

Nearly 70 percent of parents regard children talking back as a major negative factor in parent-child relationship while more than half of the children dislike being compared with other kids all the time by their parents.

About 80 percent of parents want their children to share more of their thoughts and feelings with them and the children want parents to encourage and praise them more.

Kwok Yee–chung, a registered social worker responsible for the survey, said parents should think from the children’s perspective.

The surveys were made in the run-up to Father’s Day on Sunday.

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