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Do parents spend enough time with their children?

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Visitor Comments: 16

(16) Eliav, July 15, 2008 3:13 PM

there's a lot in this clip

As a professional who works with struggling teens, I can testify to the truth portrayed in this clip. The damage done to a child who does not receive his parents' unconditional love is great, and repairing it extraordinarily difficult. Parenting is without a doubt the most challenging job that I have encountered on this planet. But there's no greater failure than not even trying. And it's not even the quantity that counts, it's the quality. 15 minutes of your undivided attention is worth three hours of sharing you. The greatest investments we make are the energies that we put into the people we love. Spend time with your kids, get to know them, let them know you. You're not perfect, they know it, and they don't care. But whoever you are, that's whose attention they want. Please give it to them.

(15) Nava, June 27, 2008 2:53 PM

do parentsspend enough time with their kids?

My parent's, thank G-d are nothing like the moms in this video. They are always spending time with me and we always have a ball. But being a child makes me able o try and see another child's prospective more easily. I can understand how that might feel. I think most orthadox peaple who although they travel a lot, they still somehow manage to, through their busy lives, find time for their children. I think thats becuase their children arent something they make way for in their lives but their children are PART of parents lives. Children are IN their parents lives. They share it. And that is a very special thing.

(14) Raquel, June 27, 2008 3:42 AM

a need for a balance

I have given up a career as a lawyer to look after my 3 kids. There have been great moments, bad moments and "I am getting crazy" moments, too.
I love my job as a mum, but I also resent not having a life outside the home. I find the company of other mothers very boring and the incessant chat about kids is beyond the call of duty.
If I had had the insight to have kept my job on a part time basis and being a part-time mother, I guess I would have been happier. One does not need a brain to do laundry or the mindless daily chores. One certainly needs a balance in order to function well.

(13) Ronni, June 15, 2008 8:49 PM

Not Black & White

If only it was so clear to people that their behavior is so destructive. I know several young couples who leave their infants all day in daycare and theyjustify it with phony studies about it being good for their baby so they don't have to feel guilty, or they talk about how they need to work and they have no choice because they need the money when what they mean is they refuse to lower their living standards for their childrens' sake and so on. The are really loving warm parents otherwise so you give your opinion but then drop it because as they say "you can bring the horse to the water, but you can't make him drink". Our society has been so brainwashed it's pointless to start fights and arguments with otherwise lovely people, I just really feel bad for their children.

(12) Anonymous, June 12, 2008 8:24 AM

you can't win!

I stayed at home and brought my children up. Now as adults two of them resent it and think of me as lazy for not working and if I had worked they could have had more like their friends.

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