“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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