Two Sydney mums are encouraging parents to take a pledge to play with their kids for seven minutes a day, seven days a week.
Yep, you heard right. Seven minutes a day. That’s a target of less than an hour a week.
Donna Armstrong and Phoebe Adams have started the Our Little Foxes Family Club to help parents have fun with their kids.
“The issue is that when parents are with their kids, more often than not they’re distracted; by technology, by chores, by work and other commitments,” Armstrong tells Mamamia.
She and Adams have done some research, and found that psychologists recommend parents spend “quality time” with kids.
“What we were told is that when parents visit psychologists, they are often fronting with a behavioural problem that they are seeking help with fixing,” Armstrong explains. “In many instances, one of the best remedies for this is the parent consciously spending quality time with their kids. Not vast amounts of time, but small, fully-engaged moments of fun, play and attention.”