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Coronavirus have strengthened the relationship between fathers and their children

Coronavirus have strengthened the relationship between fathers and their children

Although the coronavirus outbreak has turned life upside down, it appears to have strengthened the relationship between fathers and their children.

In Turkey, four fathers told Anadolu Agency about their experience during the pandemic for Father’s Day.

“I have spent time with my family during the pandemic,” said Hikmet Yalcinkaya, a 32-year-old editor who has been working remotely for about a year and a half.

“Since I work from home, the time I can spend with my children has increased a lot and we try to benefit from this situation as positively as possible.”

Yalcinkaya believes the time has positively affected his family relationship in general. “I can easily say that the sharing of housework has increased and we can spend more time with each other.”

The father of two said he noticed the time he spent on social media. “Then, I tried to control this time. This allowed me to spend more time with my children.”

“When I compare the first day we started working from home with today, I think that the communication between us has improved a lot and this strengthens our child-father relationship.”

‘We have become active playmates’

Sales and marketing specialist Mustafa Kaya has been working at home for 15 months because of the virus.

The 37-year-old father who has two children said his family has not left home if it was not necessary. “We spent time at home playing games such as hide and seek and play dough shapes.”

He noted that he spent one to two hours playing with his children before the pandemic but the time has now doubled.

The pandemic benefited housewives the most because it was tiring for working fathers both physically and psychologically, he said.

“Children with endless energy spent a lot of time with the father, the communication between us has become very good, but I cannot say that it is easy for the father.”

“During the pandemic, we have become active playmates,” he added.

He said he had the opportunity to see how tired mothers become and could empathize more accurately.

“Thus, seeing how tolerant they treat children, I also forced myself to be more tolerant toward them.”

He noted that it also allowed him to understand how being an active playmate rather than a spectator in the parks can contribute to children’s development.

Kaya said the bonds between him and his children became stronger. “The feeling of witnessing what they learn, do something new every day was magnificent such as the first crawl and the first steps,” he said. “It is very enjoyable to learn to experience such firsts by experiencing them personally, not by your spouse’s phone call as in the office period.”