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Kids think dads are working too much, Aussie study shows

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What about the work-life balance, dad?

Children are concerned their parents are overdoing it at work, with a new Australian study of 10- and 11-year-olds showing 35 percent think their father toils too much, while 27 percent said the same about their mother.

Research by the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) concluded that parents are also feeling the pressure, with 23 percent of mothers saying work made family time less enjoyable and more pressured.

Institute director Professor Alan Hayes said the study showed children were affected by their parents' work-related worries spilling into family time.

"When mothers said work made family time less fun, the children tended to agree with them," he said. "Similarly, when fathers said work made family time less fun, 43 percent of children also said their father worked too much."

Around 4,000 children participated in the study, which looked at how children are experiencing life in increasingly busy households.

Hayes said getting the balance right is crucial, as children rely on their parents for advice and support.

"Mothers were most often consulted when their children had problems. For boys, fathers were the next most common source of help when they had difficulties, while girls were more likely to go to their friends next, ahead of their fathers," he said.

AIFS researcher Dr. Jennifer Baxter said despite the tensions in families over paid work and long hours, they also reported benefits from working.

"Apart from the financial rewards, paid employment can have a range of benefits for parents, including experiencing social interaction and feeling satisfied doing meaningful or interesting work, and these benefits flow through to their children," she said.

Read more: The Australian

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