Parents are spending more time with their children than in the past, according to a study
Parents are always worried about giving enough attention to their children. Whether it is helping with homework, playing with the kids, or doing other activities, there is a great sense of responsibility when it comes to children. But this has not always been so. According to a new research, the increase in the time dedicated to the small ones only arose from years 60. Before that, the numbers were considerably smaller.
Guila Dotti of the European University Institute and Judith Treas of the University of California, focused their studies in 11 developed Western countries: United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, Denmark, Italy, Holland, Slovenia, Spain and United States. And then, they found that mothers in these places spent an extra hour with their children in 2012 than the mothers of 1965. Men, for example, spent almost an hour caring for their children, unlike 1965, when men passed on average, only 16 minutes with their children.
The only place where there was a reduction in the time that parents spent with their children was in France, because the culture of the place has since revolved around the maternal figure. Women are fully involved in activities that involve raising their children, so men have less influence in this area.
The study also suggests that high-educated, well-paid parents tend to spend less time with their children, since time spent for children is more expensive, and their wages make services such as child care possible.
But there are many debates that question whether spending more time with your children is a good thing. A large-scale study by the Pew Research Center with American families concluded that the time that parents spend with their children between 3 and 11 years of age has no bearing on what children will become in the future. In addition, the time that children spend with stressed or anxious mothers hurts their children psychologically.
In fact, what matters is the quality of time spent with your children. Being present in a positive way for the little ones can make all the difference. Here are some tips to make the most of your children's time:
Embrace your children on the way to school, kiss them, make them laugh. It is important for children to feel loved.
Talk to them
Having a good dialogue with your children about the events of their lives is critical. This establishes a bond of trust between the two of you, and makes the children turn to their parents for any matter, which makes them aware of what is going on in their child's life.
Sing and tell stories to your children
Activities like these stimulate children's creativity and imagination, as well as ensuring fun times that will stay marked in their memories.
Watch children's favorite shows next to them
As much as children's entertainment is not your first choice. watching TV, joining the kids the moment they're seeing drawing, for example, makes them feel that you are actively participating in their reality.
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