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  •  Family life - robbed (7+ / 0-)

    When there are piggy backed shifts, several important quality elements are lost:

    family meal time - time to discuss the day's events, give praise and reinforcement, listen to children's concerns, pick up on learning needs, offer children confidence and a sounding board for learing about social skills and community responsibility

    time to do things as a family and to build family relationships

    time to demonstrate concerned parenting - if the children are asleep when the parent gets home and leave to go to school before the parent wakes up, that's an in absentia parent

    time to have fun together and to enjoy each other's company - children who don't interact with their parents on a daily basis just don't get to do this - a key element in family health

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