“Dads, even more than moms, believe they’re spending more time with their kids these days than their parents did. But how dads are spending that time skews heavily toward media, entertainment and the internet, according to a new broad-ranging survey… The Ipsos LMX Family survey… found dads are spending 50% or more time than moms with kids online, playing video games and going to movies, live theater or sporting events…By a 33% to 26% margin, the dads were also more likely to be friends with their kids on social networks — remarkable…because all the kids in the study were under the officially required age to join Facebook…by a 72% to 67% margin, dads are more likely than moms to say they spend more time with their kids than their parents did…” BUT! “What dads are making time to do, however, is largely the fun stuff.”
The cult of fun and irresponsibility
Fathers today seem to be doing better in some aspects, but in the important stuff it is possible they are doing worse. The article continues with a couple of mentions that point out this problem like this one: “Moms are still more than responsible for the cleaning, cooking, shopping and staying on top of everyone’s practical needs and wants…”
Where are the fathers who are spending time training their children in woodworking, gardening, remodeling, cleaning, cooking, and the rest of the practical stuff that makes a man of good character? Why aren’t the men sharing time with their kids showing them how to lead a family and manage a home? This survey doesn’t mention that, of course.
All this survey really does is point out the fact that men today tend to aggressively avoid responsibility—spending ridiculous amounts of time at play. This is the new epidemic among young men today. It’s sin. What ever happened to “making the most of the time” and training in godliness? Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t see much of that.
This is a plea for fathers to grow up!
- Humble Leadership (LearnThis.ca)