Quality time despite a sharp increase in the number

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Quality time : despite a sharp increase in the number of two-income families, in 1997 children between the ages of 3 and 12 spent, on average, about 3 to 5 more hours a week with their parents than they did in 1981. The time spent together included activities such as reading, playing, conversing, and being in the same room while a parent did household tasks.
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OTHER VIEWS NEW FAMILIES (Cowan & Cowan) : Traditional families are wrongly perceived as role-models of a successful, problem-free family and therefore does not need government support. Present-day traditional families do not fit this ideal imposed upon them. They are having difficulties and suffering much distress for they lack support and are isolated, suffer from gender role ambiguities and the rise of marriage and family expectations causes imposes new emotional burdens on the couple. Return to traditional family form may hurt more than help new families.
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Families in the 1950s Stephanie Coontz When we talk about family decline we are comparing families in the last three decades with families in the 1950s. The 1950s was a special and short lived model of family and social experimentation with high rates of growth, government support of families and of the intensification of traditional gender roles. It was a difficult time for the poor, women, and minorities.
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