Eye-Rolling Is a Predictor of Divorce + 12 Other Things to Know About Marriage

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Ada Calhoun on Jun 8, 2010 at 9:19PM

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a Ada Calhoun on Jun 8, 2010 at 9:38PM

Many working parents wish they had more time with their kids, but you suggest they should worry more about time with each other.

I think it's surprising to parents today that we're actually spending more time together as a family than past generations, because one of our biggest complaints is that we don't have enough time. But that time has to come from somewhere, and often it comes from time alone with a partner. When you ask kids, they aren't worried about having more time with their parents. They just say they want their parents to be less stressed out. The lesson is that we can say, "I may not be there all the time, but when I am there I'm going to really be there." I think we often feel guilty about bringing in a sitter, but when the marriage is strong the kids do better. They get better grades in school. They have more friends. The time that you invest with each other, even if it means getting a babysitter, is time well spent for your child.

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