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Parents spending more Quality time with kids than in 1960s, reveals Study

In 1965, mothers spent a daily average of 54 minutes on childcare activities, while in 2012 they averaged almost twice that at 104 minutes per day

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October 1, 2016: Do you feel guilty of being unable to spend quality time with your children? Take heart, as according to a new counter-intuitive study, parents are spending more time with their children than they did 50 years ago.
The findings showed that the time spent with kids is highest among better-educated parents.
“According to economic theory, higher wages should discourage well-educated parents from foregoing work to spend extra time with youngsters. Also, they have the money to pay others to care for their children,” said Judith Treas, Professor at University of California, Irvine.

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For the study, the researchers studied 122,271 parents — (68,532 mothers, 53,739 fathers) in Canada, the UK, the US, Denmark, Norway, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain and Slovenia — from 1965 and 2012 for the amount of time they spent with their kids.
In 1965, mothers spent a daily average of 54 minutes on childcare activities, while in 2012 they averaged almost twice that at 104 minutes per day.
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Kids play skip rope on Morro Strand State Beach. Flickr
Fathers’ time with children nearly quadrupled. In 1965, fathers spent a daily average of just 16 minutes with their kids, while today’s they spend about 59 minutes a day caring for them.
These numbers include parents from all education levels. But, the researchers found quite a difference between parents with a college education and parents with low levels of education.
The college-educated mothers spent an estimated 123 minutes daily on child care, compared with 94 minutes spent by less educated mothers.
Fathers with a college degree spent about 74 minutes a day with their kids, while less educated fathers averaged 50 minutes.

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“Time spent with children involved everything from preparing their meals and snacks to feeding and bathing them, changing diapers and clothes, putting them to bed, getting up in the middle of the night, unpaid babysitting, providing medical care, reading and playing with them, as well as supervising and helping with homework,” Treas said.

However, France was the only country that showed a decrease in mothers’ childcare time. The decline was not as steep for college-educated moms as it was for less educated French mothers, while for dads, both education levels saw an increase in parenting time.
According to Treas, the study results are in line with an “intensive parenting” ideology that has become a cultural child-rearing trend.
“The time parents spend with children is regarded as critical for positive cognitive, behavioural and academic outcomes,” she said.

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“Contemporary fathers — having more egalitarian gender views — want to be more involved in their children’s lives than their own fathers were,” Treas stated.
Further, these beliefs have taken hold among the best-educated residents of Western countries and are also diffusing to their counterparts who have less schooling, the researchers concluded.
The study was published online in the Journal of Marriage and Family. (IANS)
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  • Antara

    Given the results of the study, the trend being true; will indeed help the children immensely!

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FIFA World Cup 2018: Indian Cuisine becomes the most sought after in Moscow

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Indian dishes available in Moscow during FIFA World Cup 2018, representational image, wikimedia commons

June 17, 2018:

Restaurateurs Prodyut and Sumana Mukherjee have not only brought Indian cuisine to the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018 here but also plan to dish out free dinner to countrymen if Argentina wins the trophy on July 15.

Based in Moscow for the last 27 years, Prodyut and Sumana run two Indian eateries, “Talk Of The Town” and “Fusion Plaza”.

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Both restaurants serve popular Indian dishes like butter chicken, kebabs and a varied vegetarian spread.

During the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018, there will be 25 per cent discount for those who will possess a Fan ID (required to watch World Cup games).

There will also be gifts and contests on offers during matches in both the restaurants to celebrate the event.

The Mukherjees, hailing from Kolkata, are die-hard fans of Argentina. Despite Albiceleste drawing 1-1 with Iceland in their group opener with Lionel Messi failing to sparkle, they believe Jorge Sampaoli’s team can go the distance.

“I am an Argentina fan. I have booked tickets for a quarterfinal match, a semifinal and of course the final. If Argentina goes on to lift

During the World Cup, there will be 25 per cent discount for those who will possess a Fan ID (required to watch World Cup games).

There will also be gifts and contests on offers during matches in both the restaurants to celebrate the event.

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FIFA World Cup 2018, Wikimedia Commons.

“We have been waiting for this World Cup. Indians come in large numbers during the World Cup and we wanted these eateries to be a melting point,” he added.

According to Cutting Edge Events, FIFA’s official sales agency in India for the 2018 World Cup, India is amongst the top 10 countries in terms of number of match tickets bought.

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Prodyut came to Moscow to study engineering and later started working for a pharmaceutical company here before trying his hand in business. Besides running the two restaurants with the help of his wife, he was into the distribution of pharmaceutical products.

“After Russia won the first match of the World Cup, the footfall has gone up considerably. The Indians are also flooding in after the 6-9 p.m. game. That is the time both my restaurants remain full,” Prodyut said.

There are also plans to rope in registered fan clubs of Latin American countries, who will throng the restaurants during matches and then follow it up with after-game parties till the wee hours.

“I did get in touch with some of the fan clubs I had prior idea about. They agreed to come over and celebrate the games at our joints. Those will be gala nights when both eateries will remain open all night for them to enjoy,” Prodyut said.

Watching the World Cup is a dream come true for the couple, Sumana said.

“We want to make the Indians who have come here to witness the spectacle and feel at home too. We always extend a helping hand and since we are from West Bengal, we make special dishes for those who come from Bengal,” she added. (IANS)