The gift of time

The gift of time: half of mums say the greatest gift this mother’s day will be time with their child
The gift of time: half of mums say the greatest gift this mother’s day will be time with their child

Half of mums say the greatest gift this mother’s day will be time with their child.

•    Rather than pining for flashy gifts, the item topping Mother’s Day wish lists for is quality time with their children (49%)


•    More than six in 10 parents (63%) think kids spend too much time using tech


•    Some 86% of parents want their kids to ditch the tech in favour of more family time, such as going for family walks (44%) and dinners (41%)


•    A touchy subject: Nearly seven in 10 mums (69%) admit to being wound up by the amount of time their kids spend using tech


As Mother’s Day approaches, last-minute shoppers will be pleased to know that the best present you can give your mum this year is your time. In fact, almost half (49%) of mothers believe that quality time with their children is the greatest gift to receive, as revealed by gadget insurance provider Protect Your Bubble.


More than six in 10 (63%) parents admit that their tech-obsessed kids spend too much time using the latest gadgets, rather than enjoying quality time with family. The research also found that children under 18 spend almost a quarter of their day using gadgets, with an average 5.8 hours spent using smartphones, tablets, computers and games consoles every day.


Most parents long for more family time, with 86% wishing that activities were a regular feature in their lives. Family walks were the most popular activity that British parents would like to do more of (44%), followed by eating dinner together (41%). In a close third place, 40% of parents wish their kids would simply talk to them more without being distracted by gadgets.


Seven in 10 (69%) mums admit that their children's excessive tech usage winds them up, while a further 70% of parents noted that their kids’ bad tech habits and their carelessness around loss, damage and theft has caused them unnecessary stress.


James Brown, director of gadget insurance provider Protect Your Bubble comments:


“With seven in 10 mums admitting their kids’ tech addiction winds them up, it seems that Mother’s Day 2018 is the ideal time to give your gadgets a break.


“Interestingly enough, it seems that’s what mums are craving the most this Sunday is simply some quality time with their children, free of distractions.


“As technology evolves we’ve seen the amount of time spent on traditional family activities steadily decline[1] but special occasions like Mother’s Day are a perfect opportunity to spend time with those closest to us.


“If you want to avoid the stress of your child’s carelessness around tech, considering taking out a comprehensive insurance policy that will safeguard you from the hassle.”

 

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