Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Paying It Forward

Today's post is a tad out of the ordinary for me. And by that I mean there will be no mention of projectile vomiting, penile implants, anti-zombie guinea pigs, or Joanna, my BFF from the Czech Republic.

No, my friends, today's post is in the interests of helping out a fellow human being, namely a 4th year honours student who is currently working on her honours research paper. She asked me a while back if I would help her out by posting some pertinent questions to my readers in the hopes of getting some answers to questions surrounding the theme of  what the possible impact there is on children's leisure participation if both parents are working.
 
So, basically, your answers will make or break this poor student's year. You don't really have a choice now but to answer them, do you. You're welcome.

Just post your answers to each question in the comments section, and I'll forward them on. And thanks very much for helping out! Look at it as paying it forward, or as staving off a most certain vodka and cranberry binge.

QUESTIONS
  1. Approximately how many hours do you work per week in a paid position? In your household, what is the total number of paid work week hours of the primary caregivers (i.e., 2 parents as primary caregivers; single parent in the household as primary caregiver)?
  2. How many hours of leisure time do you have during the week? For example, based on Statistics Canada 2006 data, the national average for adults is approximately 5 hours per day.
  3. How many children do you have 2 years old and younger? Aged 3 to 5? Over 5 years old?
  4. How many of your children participate in organized sports; competitive or recreational?
  5. If they do not currently participate in sport, could you list some of the reasons why?
  6. Do you feel there is a link between parents' work week hours, their amount of leisure time, and children's participation in organized sports?
  7. This information will be used in an undergraduate student research assignment; do you give permission for the student researcher to use some of your answers as examples, if applicable? Anonymity is assured.

7 comments:

WELCOME TO MY WORLD OF POETRY: said...

Answers:
1: Retired: I live alone:
2: Life is great being retired:
3: 3 adult children.
4: one used to be a pro soccer
player:
5:
6:Yes:
7:yes

Yvonne.

Grace said...

Would love to help but can't. 63 years old, no kids. I was a latch-key kid myself but since that was 55 years ago and the world was a different place - just got no pertinent info for ya...

Nanny Goats In Panties said...

I'm sorry I can't help as I have no kids, but I wish your student friend the best. And I look forward to your next installment wherein you update us on the status of projectile vomiting, penile implants, anti-zombie guinea pigs, and Joanna.

:)

Anonymous said...

Did I not see something similar on Dr. Phil today?...
1. 37.5 hours out of home paid work hours.
2. Hard.....what depicts leisure...floating in a pool with an umbrellaed cocktail....or watching tv without children asking you to do something...doing anything without anyone asking you to do something for you.
No young children.
How many of your children participate in organized sports; competitive or recreational?
1 child / part time involvement.
If they do not currently participate in sport, could you list some of the reasons why?
No time...busy full life, active without organized sport.
Do you feel there is a link between parents' work week hours, their amount of leisure time, and children's participation in organized sports?
Well in my situation, with work and school and home life..my child participates in school based sports..there is no time or need for organized sports per se or at this time..it's not urgently important. My choice is to spend my time stressfully getting your child from one event to another and what does that teach? Nothing. Quality time together is more important.
My child plays volleyball, does track and field, walked to and from school, we do huge urban hikes, sightseeing, etc.
This information will be used in an undergraduate student research assignment; do you give permission for the student researcher to use some of your answers as examples, if applicable? Anonymity is assured. YES

bernthis said...

Work for self. . I pay myself very poorly.

I don't give myself much leisure at all. if u include exercise, maybe 10 hours a week.

i have one six year old daughter.

I
skip 5 doesn't apply

Yes, I do.

Yes.

Hope it helps

Still On The Verge said...

Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. I love your blog! Hope to see you again!

Lydia

Jess said...

1. I work 24/7 as a SAHM, my husband works between 40 and 60 hours per week.

2. No more than one per day, unless you count showering or sleeping, then more.

3. One daughter age 2 and one daughter age 5

4. None of my children participate in any extracurricular sports

5. There is no money to pay for said sports.

6. I do not feel that any amount of free time my husband or I have contributes to why my daughter doesn't participate.


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