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Modern parents `are better'.

PARENTS are devoting more time to their children than ever before, a new study shows.

The survey for the Abbey National building society says kids get three times as much attention as they did a generation ago, devoting an average of 85 minutes a day to each child.

Nine out of 10 people now spend more time with their children than their own parents did - in spite of a huge rise in the number of working mothers, plus longer hours spent in the office. And two- thirds are more likely to read to the children, or help them with their homework.

Seven out of 10 modern parents devote more hours to taking youngsters swimming, to museums or theme parks, and six out of 10 have more fun with their kids.

Child expert Michael Wilmott of the Future Foundation said: "Parents can devote more time to each child partly because people are having fewer children.

"But there is more to it - they are consciously trying to be good parents."
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Mar 20, 2000
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