One in six parents won’t spend enough time with family this Christmas

Posted by / Friday 23 December 2016 / Press release

Parents are worried about not having enough time to spend time with family this Christmas, according to our new research.


One in six parents (17 per cent) said they are worried they will not have enough time to spend with their family over the Christmas period, while 14 per cent are concerned about not spending enough time with friends.

Carol Iddon, Managing Director at Action for Children, said: “Christmas is a magical time for children, but it can be overwhelming for parents trying to fit everything in. It’s a holiday for parents and carers too, who should get to enjoy a well-deserved break and spend time with their loved ones."

Our survey revealed that one in four (26 per cent) parents said that finding the time to go shopping for presents adds to their worries this time of year, with one in ten (11 per cent) concerned about finding the time to do food shopping and making the Christmas meal (9 per cent).

"Happy parents make happy children so don’t be afraid to ask for help if you’re feeling overwhelmed by all the preparations. Make sure you put time aside to do something for yourself and for fun and engaging activities for the whole family."

Carol Iddon, Managing Director

Our top tips for worry-free Christmas:

Tip 1:

Focus on what’s important like sharing special moments and experiences with friends and family rather than trying to fit everything in

Tip 2:

Make sure to put time aside to relax and rest and do something that makes you happy – remember that Christmas is your holiday too


Tip 3:

Don’t be afraid to ask for a helping hand – getting family and friends involved in Christmas preparations is a great way of bonding and creating memories

Tip 4:

Plan fun, simple activities for the whole family – a walk outdoors or playing a board game and doing crafts at ho

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