Good news for any parent feeling guilty.
When it comes to parenting, quality actually does trump quantity, according to a new study prompting sighs of relief from guilt-ridden, time-squeezed parents.
The amount of time mothers spend with their children, ages 3 to 11, has little relationship to how successful those kids become in life, according to the conclusions reached in a new, wide-scale study that will be published in April by the Journal of Marriage and Family.
Success is far more dependent on the mother's education level and family income, say the report’s researchers, Melissa Milkie at University of Toronto, Kei Nomaguchi at Bowling Green, and Kathleen Denny at University of Maryland.
Those findings come as a relief to many parents.
“When I'm working, I absolutely feel guilt all the time,” said the New York Times bestselling author and host of "Dot Complicated" on SiriusXM, Randi Zuckerberg. “I think it's something a lot of working mums feel torn between. You know we're more than just our children, we have identities, we have jobs, we have passions outside of our household.”