According to a study by Cornell University researchers, independent of their origin, social class and gender, most parents think that child-centered and time-intensive parenting methods are best to raise their kids. Such findings suggest that intensive parenting has become a dominant model, regardless of whether the parents have the resources to apply it; all of them feel high pressure to spend larger amounts of time and money on childrearing.

The Cornell research showed that a majority of parents believe that intensive parenting is the best approach for both mothers and fathers, and is convenient to parenting boys as well as girls. Scientists in the field know for a long time that low-income and under-educated parents generally tend to devote less time and money on their offspring than better-advantaged ones. However, it's less clear whether this is because they lack the resources to do it, or if this is because they may prefer different styles of education.

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