Working parents 'too busy to teach basic skills to kids'
Working parents now claim that they hardly get any time to teach their kids important skills such as telling the time, tying their shoelaces and riding a bike, according to a survey.
While half insist they would love to supplement the teaching done in school and by childminders, research found they struggle to find enough time, the Daily Mail reported.
Three in five working parents complain that they are too tired to show their children how to brush their teeth, read and safely cross the road.
Many parents blame their long working hours from stopping them having time to teach their children skills
The study found that 55 percent of them blame their tiredness on long working hours.
As a result, many of today's young children are missing out on extra help with basic learning.
Around six in 10 say doing the washing and cleaning takes priority over things such as teaching their youngsters to dress themselves and learn days of the week and months of the year, the report said.
In the study of 1,000 British parents, more than 70 percent admit feeling under pressure to have a career, a nice house and "well-spoken and intelligent children."
And two-thirds of parents (66 percent) said that they would love to spend more quality time with their kids.
The report released by parenting website yano.co.uk, found the three skills parents most want their children to learn are reading, writing and learning to cross the road safely.
Nearly half (47 percent) said that the work being done by teacher at school is, in itself, insufficient and so they are desperate to add to this.
But, more than a quarter of parents said that they spend less than 20 minutes a night reading with their child.
Almost half admit this is insufficient and feel guilty about it.
"This study shows parents are time-poor, but most would relish the chance to spend more quality time teaching their kids these skills," Ann-Marie McKimm, founder of Yano, said.
"We would encourage the government and employers to consider more flexible working practices for parents, not just in the first year of a baby's life - but throughout their schooling years.
"We're also keen to see schools and nurseries working together with parents to help nurture some of these vital life skills," she added.