Parents Have Less Time for Children

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Feeling guilty about not spending enough time with your kids? No worries! It's probably more than the average Brit spends with theirs. A new study finds that, on average, British parents are spending less time on child rearing — just 19 minutes a day. One reason: more working mothers. They sleep less, work more and have less time for their kids. Fathers do no better; that's because they're watching more TV.

JOHN YDSTIE, host:

Good morning. I'm John Ydstie.

Feeling guilty about not spending enough time with your kids? No worries! It's probably more than the average Brit spends with theirs. A new study says British parents are spending less time on child rearing - just 19 minutes a day. One reason: more working mothers. They sleep less, work more, and have less time for their kids. Fathers don't do any better, partly because they're watching more TV.

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