The dying tradition of the family day out

The dying tradition of the family day outSadly, the traditional family day out is fast becoming a thing of the past as a poll reveals many parents are too busy to take their children on trips.

According to a survey of 2,000 adults conducted by YouGov, 62 per cent of the parents surveyed felt that family days out are less common today than they were 20 years ago.

4Children, the charity who commissioned the survey, are of the belief that work and financial strains are among the biggest contributing factors to the decline of the day out.

The average cost of a day trip is around £50 for a family and many parents will find this expense hard to justify. In addition to this, hectic work schedules will mean many parents struggle to get away in the first place.

With families spending an average of only 49 minutes per day together it is important parents try to incorporate more day trips into their routines as this will allow both parents and children to escape the stresses of everyday life.

4Children chief executive, Anne Longfield said: “Days out can strengthen bonds and build shared family experiences and memories that we know are so important in keeping families strong and together.”

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