Traditional philosophies of parenting hold fast to the idea that spending time away from their mothers is harmful to children. Some well-respected psychologists believe that even if a child of divorced parents spends the night with his or her own father, the bond between the child and the mother may be damaged. If you are a divorced parent of a small child, you may be concerned about this as well.
However, new research shows that time spent with fathers is not hazardous to the mother-child bond. In fact, it is likely healthy for the child's relationship with both parents.