Statistics taken from analysis by UNICEF show that the UK ranks at the bottom, when it comes to the well-being of children. Overall, children are unhappier and less content in the UK, compared with other countries. This is down to the fact that priorities seemed to be mixed up, with many parents choosing to lavish their children with expensive gifts, rather than ensuring they spend some quality time with their offspring.
The research undertaken compared Britain with Sweden and Spain. The UK came out at 21st, while Sweden and Spain ranked in the top 5. It seems that other countries are more successful in maintaining a work life balance, and are more likely to implement more traditional values, such as women staying at home to look after the children.
Many of the children interviewed as part of this survey said that materialistic goods were not something they regarded as important, most would rather have time with their parents. If children do not spend a lot of time with their parents, they end up feeling dysphoric, which has a negative effect on their well being.
The attitude in the UK, seems to be that making money and working long hours are an essential part of life. On the other hand, other countries withstand this view, and turn their backs on the consumer hungry way of living. Striking a balance between earning and providing, while giving an adequate amount of love and attention is essential in ensuring children are maintaining a happy lifestyle.
It may be that the UK needs to look more closely at the way of life of these other countries, and take inspiration from them.
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