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The Surprising Thing That Can Make You A Good Mother Is Also A Huge Relief

As more and more of our friends become mothers, we watch as they start to sink under the multitude of demands put on their time. Most specifically, we notice how guilty they feel about the time they spend away from their kids working, engaging in self-care or simply trying to prioritize their romantic relationships. So, we did some digging and found news that might help alleviate some of the stress involved with being a modern multi-tasking mother. According to research, it’s not how much time you spend with your kids that matters, but rather the quality of the time spent. The study, a large longitudinal one, found that “the amount of time spent with kids ‘did not matter’—and in some cases could even harm children” (e.g., when mom is stressed). For those of you who have kids and are struggling with guilt, hopefully this is helpful information. Here, six great ideas for planning quality time with your little ones.

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