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Families and Time

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It seems that everywhere around the world, people are spending more time at work and less time with their families. People are busier than ever before! In the past in many countries, the father worked and the mother stayed home, took care of the children, and did the grocery shopping, cooking, and cleaning. Nowadays, both parents work, so they don’t have as much time with their children as they used to have in the past.

These days, many children come home from school to an empty house. A lot of them spend many hours in front of a television. Even when families are together, it is common for family members to do things by themselves. For example, they watch programs on separate TVs in different rooms or they use the internet individually. Thanks to technology, people are able to communicate so easily with people far away, but sometimes they don’t communicate with people in their own homes.

Key Words

How many of these words do you know? Can you place them in the sentences below?

used to
thanks to
take care of


Only one of the above words should be used twice:

  • 1. More and more people watch programs on ___ TVs in different rooms.

  • 2. My mother ___ cook for our family, but now she is too busy to do that.

  • 3. The house is ___. Nobody's home.

  • 4. ___ technology, we can talk to people around the world.

  • 5. I can't go shopping with you because I have to ___ my baby.

  • 6. Even though we live together, we usually do activities ___.

  • 7. ___, teenagers like to talk online more than on the phone.

  • 8. I'd like to go out tonight. Do you think we'll be able to find a ___ for the kids?

  • 9. I'm going to have to put in some ___ this weekend. I have so much work!

  • 10. I'm so ___ having a cup of coffee every morning. I think I might have a problem.