Two interesting things came up in a conversation yesterday.
A friend talked about how she gave tuition as an undergraduate to get extra income, and I made the observation that perhaps for many children, besides the academic help, they really also appreciate the companionship from their tutors. In one-to-one tuition, possibly a good part of it goes into just chit-chatting. Not sure if anyone has done any data collection for this but this is still an interesting idea, don’t you think?
It has been often observed that many of our young ones are feeling lonely. Especially in middle-class homes and when both their parents work.
Another friends then quipped that in a more rural setting, parents spend the day working too but it does not seem to have this same effect in their children.
I suggested that one of the difference between working on the farm and urban jobs is perhaps the emotional investment that the latter involves. As such, many urban parents reach home after work emotionally exhausted, while a farmer is more likely to be mostly physically rather than emotionally drained.
So, I imagine that working parents are often too maxed out emotionally to relate to their children in a way that is conducive.
Clearly, these are generalisations and speculations for now. Perhaps a deeper look in this direction might prove to be helpful whether it is about how to deal with the issue of the over-reliance on tuition or about the challenges of modern urban parenting.