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?