Voices Of Youth

Family bonds of utmost importance

As someone whose parents work full time, I can say that it is true that long working hours are an obstacle to family time ("Survey finds that family is the top priority for Singaporeans"; ST Online, last Wednesday).

Over time, my parents' working hours have lengthened noticeably, so the amount of time dedicated to family bonding has significantly fallen.

This trend of Singaporeans being unable to spend more time with their families is worrying.

It is of utmost importance for families to spend time together and maintain a healthy relationship for a very practical reason - they are the people we can rely on in hard times, and who stick with us through thick and thin.

Hence, I find it heartening that Families For Life is encouraging people to spend more quality time with their families.

Let us all work together to create a tight-knit family and community.

Erica Kan E Shan, 16 ,

Secondary 4 student


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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 25, 2016, with the headline 'Family bonds of utmost importance'. Print Edition | Subscribe