New Study Answers the Daily Parenting Battle:
Quantity vs. Quality Time Effect on Your Kids!
A new study published in the April publication of the Journal of Marriage and Family deduced that the amount of time parents spend with their children (ages 3-11) is not an indication of the child’s ability to healthy adjustment vs. the quality of time parents and children spend together. In fact, children that get quality time with their parents do better in academic achievement, emotional satisfaction, and healthy behaviors. According to parenting expert, Richard Greenberg, quality time with your kids can be found in short daily activities, from family meals, bedtimes, and one-on-one moments that show our children that they are important by our active listening. Parents who are nurturing and empathetic, although may spend less time with their kids have a longer lasting impact on their children’s lives. Greenberg explains, “When parents opt for quality time they give their children the tools for emotional, intellectual, and independent development that will carry them throughout their childhood, teenage and adult lives.”
Richard Greenberg is the author of “Raising Children That Other People Like to Be Around: Five Common-Sense Musts From a Father’s Point of View” and website CommonSenseDad.com.