The reason we might be spending more time with our kids is because we have no choice.
The study, conducted by the researchers at the University of California, San Diego, cited less housework and more parenting equality between spouses as the reasons for the increase. According to the research, the number of hours of interaction jumped from 12 hours a week pre-1995 to 21.2 hours a week in 2007.
It's nice to hear some good news for a change, and not to have to reel in the endless "working-mom guilt." Still, I believe that one of the reasons for the increase in child/parent time (a reason not mentioned in the article) is simply that we have no choice. Gone are the days when you could send your kids out into the neighborhood streets and call them in time for dinner. Most of my childhood was spent running loose in our neighborhood after school, like some free-ranging farm animal. My daughter, unfortunately, will not have the same freedom.
Do you spend more time with your kids than your parents spent with you? Why?