Discussion Starter: Do parents talk with their kids?


According to one of the “family facts” in My Family by Kurt Johnston & Mark Oestreicher, parents do not spend much time talking with their kids.

“The number of minutes weekly that most parents spend talking with their kids: 38.”

As a parent of 3 kids under 5, I cannot imagine only talking with them for 40 minutes a week. I can’t imagine only talking with them for 40 minutes a day. Therefore, I was a little shocked at this statistic.

What do you think? Is it accurate? Why do parents not talk that much with their kids? As your child gets older, what factors affect a parent’s communication with that child?

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