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While scientists bicker, parents should trust their gut

While scientists bicker, parents should trust their gut

A few weeks ago, the findings in a scientific report made their way around the social media mill, giving harried and guilt-ridden parents a reason to cheer. The report, in the Journal of Marriage and Family, said that when it comes to spending time with children, more is not necessarily better. Quality time is what counts, the report's authors found. And in fact, time spent while stressed, overly tired or too distracted to be truly present could be actually detrimental to kids. Never one for contributing to my children's detriment, I immediately canceled three playdates, one Mommy and Me music class, a trip to the zoo and my offer to bring snacks to the kids' Easter...

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