Ioannis Thoidis, Nikolaos Chaniotakis, Melpomeni Vrantsi


The purpose of this paper is to investigate the views of parents on issues of managing their children's leisure time, and in particular, to investigate the participation of parents themselves in the leisure time of their children. According to the results of the research, the organization and planning of children's leisure are based on two main principles. The first concerns the involvement of children in creative activities that offer them pleasure and the second principle concerns investing in activities that will strengthen their educational capital. Parents seek to create a supportive environment that encourages the effective use of free time in a variety of ways. As a framework for family interaction, the family's free time includes daily activities, sports interests, and also outings and excursions. Our research has shown that parents spend most of their personal free time on family responsibilities and the degree of their participation varies according to the age group and gender of the parent. However, mothers and fathers with the highest level of education, parents aged 20-40 and parents with children in lower school classes participate more in the children's free time.


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