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How much time should you spend with your children?

Dec 2nd, 2016 by

Parents are hardwired to feel guilty that they may not be involved enough with their kids. But what is it that makes the difference when it comes to time – quantity or quality?

If you worry you are not spending enough time with your children, you can relax. Get a babysitter and go out for the evening. Studies show that it is quality, not quantity, of time that makes children thrive. While research has usually focused on mothers, a study last week on BMJ Open showed that the amount of time fathers spend with children is also less important than how much they enjoyed parenting. Fathers who took pleasure in caring for their young children were 28% less likely to have children with behavioural problems at both nine and 11 years old.

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