Boys suffer from their fathers’ long working hours


Boys suffer from their fathers’ long working hours

Posted: 22 Aug 2013 06:00 AM PDT

Fathers’ extremely long working hours can be detrimental to their sons´ wellbeing.
This is the key finding of a longitudinal study.

7 comments on “Boys suffer from their fathers’ long working hours

  1. willowdot21 says:

    Oh! yes I do believe this is true!


  2. roberta4949 says:

    my father was home plenty, he always had time for his ham radio projects his watching tv or reading the paper and fiddling with his electonics in the garage. that was back in the day when you could live fairly well working only 40 hours a week anything over that was overtime. my hubby works 60 plus and no overtime pay just straight pay, so times surly have changed, parents have lost interest in their children as there is more meism culture then when I was growing up long ago,


  3. quiall says:

    I am sure most fathers would agree! Sometimes it isn’t a perfect world.


  4. Rodica Iova says:

    That’s true. And I admire families who get creative and bold enough to do something about it. I remember my parents working from 6am-2:20 pm. We had the whole day together. And that shaped my trust, confidence and character for life.


    • It does take creativity. but it also requires more sacrifice than some families are able to make. Just as the long hours are considered a sacrifice by the fathers. The trouble comes, in my experience working in this field, when the fathers expect to be compensated by their families, for their time away, instead of the other way round. Mothers tend to do this …. make up for time away in as many ways as possible … so that the emotional impact is less. Not so many father’s do this. It seems that (not all, and not my sons) lots of fathers use long hours as merely another excuse to shirk.——— I am glad that your own parents were able to be there for you. Were they public school teachers? Teachers now have longer hours plus other time consuming duties. Teachers are in all the generations of my family — that is what made me ask about the hours. I’ve only read one entry on your blog, but that one shows and insightful thoughtful kind motherly personality. I shall read more.
      Thank you. ps Wish I could see more of your gravatar hat!


      • Rodica Iova says:

        It’s good “talking” to you !
        Well, my parents were not teachers, but that was their schedules for work in Europe that time. (I got to be the teacher.) It was true that sometimes they had to work for 12 hours a day, but soon they would come back to the regular schedule. Our dad was there for me and my sister and it was marvelous to grow up like that.
        And about the gravatar picture : that’s part of the story and the mystery, hehehe



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