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Family & Relationships Parents! Quality Time With Kids Trumps Quantity, Says Study

03:21  23 may  2018
03:21  23 may  2018 Source:   yourtango.com

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Our society makes parents feel like they should want to spend every waking moment with their kids . We tell them “they won’t be that age for long” to implore them to take every opportunity to be with them. But it according to a new study it’s not about quantity when it comes to time spent with your kids , it’s

A study published in Journal of Marriage and Family found that the amount of time spent with children between the ages 3 and 11 have no affect on how they "When mothers are stressed because of the juggling with work and trying to find time with kids , they may actually be affecting their kids poorly

Parents! Quality Time With Kids Trumps Quantity, Says Science© Provided by NewsCred Parents! Quality Time With Kids Trumps Quantity, Says Science If you really think about it Americans like to guilt-trip parents a lot. Our society makes parents feel like they should want to spend every waking moment with their kids. We tell them "they won't be that age for long" to implore them to take every opportunity to be with their mini-humans. But according to a new study, it's not about quantity when it comes to time spent with your kids, it's quality!

A study published in Journal of Marriage and Family found that the amount of time spent with children between the ages 3 and 11 have no affect on how they will eventually turn out.

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In new study , quality parenting trumps quantity . In fact, it appears the sheer amount of time parents spend with their kids between the ages of 3 and 11 has virtually no relationship to how children turn out, and a minimal effect on adolescents, according to the first large-scale longitudinal study of

The study , published in the Journal of Family and Marriage, found that the amount of time parents spend with their kids between the ages of 3 to 11 has “I’m not aware of any rich and telling literature on whether there’s a ‘sweet spot’ of the right amount of time to spend with kids ,” says psychiatrist

And if you're spending time with your kids when you're stressed, sleep-deprived, guilty, or anxious — then that time with them is actually harmful!

"When mothers are stressed because of the juggling with work and trying to find time with kids, they may actually be affecting their kids poorly," co-author Kei Nomaguchi, a sociologist at Bowling Green State University tells Washington Post.

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So what exactly is considered as "quality time"? Things like reading to a child, having meals together, talking with them and having one-on-one time have much more positive affects on kids.

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Studies show that the time parents spend with their kids has been climbing steadily since the 1970s. It’s also beneficial when parents exhibit warmth and sensitivity toward their kids . However, the quantity of time spent with kids does not appear to have an effect on their future success.

Making time for kids ? Study says quality trumps quantity . Do parents , especially mothers, spend enough time with their children? Though American parents are with their children more than any parents in the world, many feel guilty because they don’t believe it’s enough.

"In an ideal world, this study would alleviate parents' guilt about the amount of time they spend," says Melissa Milkie, a sociologist at the University of Toronto and one of the report’s authors, "and show instead what's really important for kids."

So if you have a particularly demanding job, don't beat yourself up about working long days and nights. Just make sure when you ARE around that you're making the most out of your time with the little nuggets.

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