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How Much Time Do You Spend With Your Children?

 “New University of NSW analysis of Australian Bureau of Statistics figures reveals parents are spending four hours less a week in the company of their children than they did a generation ago.

However, of that time, fours hours more a week is spent on specific child-focused activities such as reading, playing and helping them learn.

University of NSW associate professor Lyn Craig said her research, to be published in The British Journal of Sociology, suggests a shift towards more intensive parenting, particularly of children under five…

Ms Craig believes the data also reflects thinking that a high level of parental involvement, especially during the early years, is crucial for a child’s development. Mothers, in particular, are more likely to sacrifice their own personal time so their children don’t miss out.

Article: Parenting Advice: Just Relax, Say Academics, The Sydney Morning Herald

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Striking the Right Balance

 “Authoritarian parenting, as in “my way or the highway,” and its opposite, permissive parenting with lack of limit setting, may be linked with difficulty with emotional regulation in children. In contrast, an “authoritative” parenting style is associated with an enhanced capacity for emotional regulation, flexible thinking and social competence. An authoritative parenting stance encompasses respect for and curiosity about a child, together with containment of intense feelings and limits on behavior.”

Article: Authoritarian parenting vs. parenting with authority, Child in Mind

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What Is the Benefit of One Supportive Parent?

How many “good” parents do you need to foster a child’s cognitive development? Parents were assessed for being highly supportive, somewhat supportive, detached, or negative in their parenting style.  A correlation between these parenting styles for both mothers and fathers was made with the cognitive development of the children measured at 24 months and 36 months.  The findings showed that:

  • Children with two highly supportive parents scored higher in cognitive development than other children in the study.
  • Children with one highly supportive parent, regardless of the parent’s gender,  scored higher than children with detached or negative parents.

Abstract: Is One Good Parent Good Enough? Patterns of Mother and Father Parenting and Child Cognitive Outcomes at 24 and 36 Months, Parenting: Science and Practice