Spend More Time with the Family without Feeling Guilty

Seventy-six percent of six- to eleven-year-olds wish they could spend more time with their parents—that’s according to Nickelodeon’s “Kids’ State of the Union” survey. Okay, I admit it’s no Gallup poll. But these statistics certainly suggest that there may be some sort of problem that isn’t being actively addressed.

According to recent research conducted by the Society for the Advancement of Education, kids are spending less and less time with their parents. On average, children in America spend 2.5 hours a day with their dads on weekdays and 6.5 hours a day on weekends. Of this time together, it is estimated that only half is spent directly engaging with one another. The rest of the time, dads are hanging around and are available to their kids if needed.

But it’s not just fathers who are having difficulty finding the time. Mothers have traditionally spent more time with the children — especially during the week. In years past, when compared with mothers, the average father spent less than one-third as much time with his children However, that’s all starting to change. Dads continue to play a more active role in their children’s lives. New studies claim that fathers spend about sixty-five percent as much time with children as mothers do on weekdays and around eighty-seven percent as much time on weekends.

Whatever the case, parents need more time to spend with the kids. As hard as it may be to believe, the Nickelodeon viewers have spoken—and they want more quality family time. It’s just one example of how busy our lives are—we don’t even have enough time to hang out with our parents or kids.

I admit, I’m only twenty-one — and no, I don’t have any children. But I already feel pressured by having too much to do, and never enough time. It would great if my everyday life were just a little bit simpler. And this is why so many people are excited about the launch of Shoeboxed. It gives you back time by automatically organizing a piece of your life. No need to worry about tracking your purchases or avoiding identity theft because it’s taken care of for you.

So now you can spend an extra hour each week hanging out with the kids. My finances are automatically organized and I get to spend more time with the family? Sounds like a win-win to me.