Parents in developed nations across the globe are spending more time on their children, according to a 2016 study by US and Italian academics. … One of the report’s authors, [UCI Distinguished Professor, sociology] Judith Treas, said time spent with children was “regarded as critical for positive cognitive, behavioural and academic outcomes". These beliefs, she said, “have taken hold among the best-educated residents of Western countries and are also diffusing to their counterparts who have less schooling."

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