28 November 2013

A Lifetime of Chores

I know it's not just me that hates doing chores. I hate most cleaning tasks, for some reason hoovering helps me to relax but I think this is more to do with the fact that the noise drowns out the kids moaning.

I do love shopping though, not just clothes shopping but food shopping. I don't know whether it's because I love my food (which I do!) but I just like being out, in a supermarket and choosing what I want to buy so I hardly ever buy food online. 

When I saw this infographic by Co-operative Insurance, I couldn't help agree with parts of it. We live in Yorkshire (I bet you've guessed that by our name!) and, although I don't go out much, my husband loves a good old night out with his friends and I love to chat to them online. Even if I'm not out with my friends, I still speak to them everyday, probably more than I speak to my husband (women speak more sense anyways!)

Life time of chores - An infographic by the team at Co-operative Insurance

I was shocked to see that, out of the people surveyed, it showed that people only play with their children for 9 hours a month. Just today I have built a fort, made Christmas cards, played with trains, had a cowboy fight and spent around 4 hours just having fun with my children so am shocked to hear that statistic but I guess nowadays with people having to go back to work and have childcare, I can understand where this figure comes from.

Apparently, we spend 4 times as much time watching television than we do in the garden. I do spend a lot of the night watching television and hate being outdoors in the cold so I can probably agree with this one for the most part. 

I think, on the most part, this infographic makes me think about our life and how it differs to other people. We need to get back to the point where we spend as much time as possible with our children.

So what, there's toys all over the house, they are children and you should be spending time playing with them, not picking up every toy. A home with children is not supposed to be spotless!

14 comments:

  1. As long as my house is clean i dont mind the untidy toy mess as long as we are all having fun. I love hoovering too the only chore i dont mind doing :)

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  2. some of the stats are quite shocking I can definatly agree with a few of those

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  3. Quite good to make us aware, show comparisons etc. Children grow up so quickly, that time spent with them is precious. As you say many people work, also there is the commute to work etc. That probably the majority of children would like more quality time with their family.

    Rachel Craig

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  4. Wow, that definitely puts things into perspective! :O

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  5. I agree we parents should spend more time with our kids sometimes when my daughter is bored and her friends are busy I offer to play with her and she has said to me she really wants to play with her friends (which makes me think I must be a bore) but after reading this it has definitely has made me think I should try out different Activities to save her getting bored very quickly I am looking forward to spending lots of time through xmas playing with her new Toys :)

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  6. I only do them as I can't cope with mess and dirt lol - sometimes I wish I could those - never ending task that's for sure :) x

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  7. Very interesting sats there, I certainly agree with the 167 days helping with homework, in fact I think I spent a lot more than that.

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  8. Interesting the variations etc. I wonder how a work / life balance would look if charted similarly.

    Rachel Craig

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  9. I do find a certain amount of cleaning etc quite calming and therapeutic - but definately in moderation!

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  10. I wonder who the people are spending 51 hours a month cleaning their homes? Certainly not me!

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  11. some good facts that i never knew

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  12. I think these figures can be taken with a pinch of salt. So we spend a whopping 75 days of our life time organising insurances and only 2 years 6 months on cleaning, DIY, gardening & improvements?

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  13. All I ever do is clean lol!! Great post.

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  14. some good stats there, interesting to read.. odd to think so little time playing with children.. building forts is awesome :P

    fari

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