Parents Spend 49 Minutes a Day With Their Kids, Survey Shows

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How much time do you spend with your kids? If you're like the parents polled in a U.K. survey, probably about 49 minutes a day.

Sixty-eight percent of the 3,000 parents surveyed cited money as a barrier to spending more time with their families, and 36 percent said money negatively impacted family time, BBC news reports.

The survey -- which also included 1,000 children -- found that parents are passing these values on to their children, as more than 25 percent of 8- to 15-year-olds surveyed said money was the most important thing to them.

Forty-two percent of girls surveyed said they wished they could spend more time with their father but only 6 percent said they wished they could spend more time with their mother, BBC News reports.

"Parents can do more for their children's healthy development by focusing on the time they spend with them doing everyday things than the money they spend," Eileen Hayes, parenting adviser at the NSPCC, a children's charity, tells the news service.

The survey -- which was conducted April 7-12 -- was released in advance of the U.K.'s annual National Family Week, which promotes the importance of families spending time together, BBC News reports.

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