Parents should make a conscious decision to spend time with their families, said Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) Parliamentary Secretary Low Yen Ling on the second day of the Singapore Parenting Congress yesterday.
"We should make a personal decision today to be more intentional with our time," said Ms Low, adding that there is a difference between things that are urgent and things that are important. "Let's start by doing at least one thing (each week) that is important to our family," she said to some 500 parents.
"When we set aside other pursuits to spend time with our loved ones, what we're really telling our loved ones in a very intentional way is that they are important to us."
The two-day event at Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre was attended by over 3,000 parents. For the first time, an engagement session for young people will also be held at Ngee Ann Polytechnic today.
According to a poll by non-profit group Families for Life last year of 872 respondents here, seven in 10 people felt spending time with family gave them the most happiness, but only half were satisfied with the amount of quality family time they had.
Many seem to feel work gets in the way. Around six in 10 people aged 20 to 49 felt their jobs keep them from spending as much time with their family as they would like, according to a 2013 MSF survey.
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