What Japanese kids love to do with their partents


No matter where on this planet, as children grow up the range of activities they enjoy doing with their parents decreases. When children are entering adolescence the relationship within the family changes. For sure I was curious to know more about the situation in Japan. Let’s have a look what kind of activities Japanese kids from the age range of 11-15 truly like to do with their parents. According to a recent issue of the Nikkei Shimbun they had asked 200 kids in the age range from 11 to 15 years old. Their response was as following:

1. Eating out
2. Traveling together
3. Watching TV together
4. Eating together at home
4. Doing shopping together
6. Talking and having good laughs together
7. Going out to watch a movie
8. Going out to a park to play
9. Shopping together at convenient store or supermarket
9. Enjoying TV games together

Honestly I am impressed about the down to earth responses from the kids. Due to adolescence while growing up there comes the time, when a teenager tries to avoid being seen together with parents. Therefore I expected with the decrease of the starting age of adolescence to see preferred activities that can be done at home instead of being seen outside. Either the family relationship in Japan is much stronger than I expected, or then the Japanese kids do not show early on the same adolescence behavior. For sure I wish every family many happy hours spent together.

Brought to you by Sibylle Ito (シビル伊藤)

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