Survey: Parents want more time for the family
Almost 50 percent of parents in Germany want more time for the family. Fathers in particular suffer from a lack of time: two thirds of the fathers stated in a survey study that they could not deal with their wife and children in sufficient time.
Almost half of all parents living in Germany want more time for the family. Fathers in particular said in a Forsa survey commissioned by the health insurance company DAK Gesundheit that they would not have enough time for their wife and children to deal with them sufficiently. Nevertheless, for 61 percent of all survey participants, the family is "the most important thing in life". Only 40 percent said they would have enough time to take care of them. 44 percent said they needed more time for the family. Even 16 percent of the parents surveyed have clearly too little time for the family.
Men are particularly rare: only 29 percent of fathers believe that they have enough time for family life. Mothers, on the other hand, are 51 percent of the opinion that they have adequate time for family life.
Above all, love, security and cohesion For the majority of respondents (61 percent), the family is above all important in life. "Above all, love, security as well as cohesion and the feeling of walking through thick and thin" connect 65 percent with the term family. Every second parent stated that the family is the "place where they feel at home". For 13 percent, the “clan is quite exhausting” and nine percent even said that it would be “annoying” in some times.
Stress is also a recurring factor in family life, because living together can sometimes be exhausting due to arguments and excessive demands. "As in any other area of life, parents should regularly provide rest and relaxation," advises Ralf Kremer, an expert in coping with stress in DAK health. It doesn't matter how the “switch off” is done. "The main thing is that every family member can regain strength and new energy," says the stress expert.
Stress reduction through joint activities According to the DAK survey, eating together compensates for most parents. For 84 percent, meals are "an important source of relaxation". 80 percent of family businesses take weekend trips to reduce family stress, and 58 percent switch off while doing sports together. For 62 percent, game afternoons or evenings are an ideal balance to ensure relaxation in the family.
Shared television also means relaxation for around half of all parents. The differences on this question are only minimal for the genders: "The female gender indicates a little more often to reduce stress and relax within the family with film and television". Consoles and computer games are also increasingly gaining value as a common relaxation program for some families (16 percent). Over 50-year-olds undertake stress relief less often than under 50-year-olds on family weekends or even play days together.
A total of 1003 mothers and fathers of children under the age of 18 were surveyed as part of the survey. The study was carried out on behalf of DAK-Gesundheit and the magazine "Familie & Co" by the research and opinion institute "Forsa". (sb)
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