Unsocial work hours ‘damage 9 in 10 families’

Telegraph UK 18 Sep 06
Children are missing out on crucial time reading, playing and eating with their parents, according to a study published today that reveals nine out of 10 families suffer from unsocial working hours.Eight out of 10 working fathers and more than half of all working mothers are forced to work outside the hours of 8am-7pm, Monday to Friday, says a report from the National Centre for Social Research.  Family time together eating, reading and playing are fundamental for a child’s healthy development says the Relationships Foundation Family life is being irrevocably damaged because few parents ever make up the time lost, the study of 11,000 people found.