Parents in Singapore Too Busy to Bond with Kids Because of COVID-19: Survey

Parents in Singapore Too Busy to Bond with Kids Because of COVID-19: Survey

The Straits Times
Republished with Permission
3 October 2021

Seventy per cent of parents with children aged five to eight say they are too busy during the pandemic to enjoy quality time with the kids, a new study reveals.

Less than half, or 48 per cent, experience positive emotions when their kid wants attention, while a quarter of respondents are annoyed or stressed by it. One in four parents also feels tired or worries about work in the middle of fun activities with their little ones.

While the survey by charity Focus on the Family polled only 175 parents online from Sept 7 to 20, it seems to mirror the general mood of weariness as Singapore battles the Delta variant of Covid-19. It also comes in the lead-up to Children's Day on Friday.

While the latest stabilisation phase restrictions are challenging, parents should "avoid a catastrophic mindset" as their children will pick up on their stress, says Ms Susan Koh, a family life specialist from Focus on the Family.

Accepting that Covid-19 is a part of life and will bring uncertainties is important, she adds. Parents should be flexible and adjust their expectations. "Work to keep the family atmosphere a positive one so that everyone will enjoy the extended time together at home," she says.

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