Innovation

Why You Shouldn't Feel Guilty About Working So Much

According to a new study, it doesn't matter how much time you spend with your kid(s)

Written by PROFIT Staff

Illustration: Kagan McLeod

According to researchers at the University of Toronto, Bowling Green State University in Ohio and the University of Maryland, the amount of time a parent spends with a child has virtually no connection to how he or she turns out.

In the first large-scale longitudinal study of parent time, published in the April issue of the Journal of Marriage and Family, researchers found that when parents of children aged three to 11—mothers in particular—are stressed, sleep deprived, guilty or anxious, any interactions with their kids are ineffective. In other words, a small amount of quality time with an engaged parent is better than a day of watching Mom or Dad poke a smartphone every five minutes.

This article is from the June 2015 issue of Canadian BusinessSubscribe now!

MORE WORK-LIFE REALITIES:

How do you balance time at the office with being there for you kid(s)? Let us know using the comments section below.

Originally appeared on PROFITguide.com