Parents Now Spend Twice as Much Time With Their Children as 50...

Parents Now Spend Twice as Much Time With Their Children as 50 Years Ago

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There are countless studies that link positive parental relationships to healthily adjusted children. Thankfully, more and more parents are spending time with their children.

A study published by the Journal of Marriage and Family shows that parents in western countries are spending twice as much time with their kids as they did 50 years ago.

The nations surveyed – Italy, the United States, Canada, Germany, Britain, the Netherlands, Denmark, Spain, and Slovenia – all showed remarkable improvement between 1965 and 2012.

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In 1965, it is estimated that the average mother spent 54 minutes with her children per day. In 2012, that number jumped to 105 minutes, according to the Economist.

While fathers were shown to spend less time with their kids than mothers, the average amount of minutes that dads spent with their kids went from 16 minutes to 59.

France was the only country surveyed that did not show improvement in mother-child time – although, university-educated French fathers did.

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Non-university-educated parents also started spending much more time with their offspring, though not as much as their educated counterparts.

Denmark’s educated and non-educated mothers were shown to be the most attentive parents in the study, both of which spent roughly 225 minutes with their kids per day in 2012. Educated and non-educated Denmark dads clocked in at roughly 115 and 80 minutes, respectively.

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