Category Archives: Parenting

How We Deprive Children of the Physical Activity They Need

Monitoring, structuring, and protecting reduce children’s activity and health. Most of my writing about children’s free play has been about the mental health benefits (e.g. here), but in this essay, I’m concerned with the physical health benefits. Children are designed, … Continue reading

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The detrimental long-term effects of Helicopter Parenting

“Helicopter parenting” — or, the practice of hovering over your kids and watching everything they do, constantly worrying about whether they’ll make a slight misstep in life — is everywhere. I’m writing this at a coffee shop and if I … Continue reading

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The Good Enough Parent Is the Best Parent

If we define parenting as caregiving to one’s child, then the best parent is not the one who parents most, and certainly not the one who parents least, but the one who parents just the right amount. That’s the parent … Continue reading

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Emotionally invested parents give children a leg up in life

Children with emotionally invested parents are more likely to be successful, a study published in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience shows. Looking at 27 children aged between four and six, the study examined the quality of the emotional bond to their parents, … Continue reading

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Reading to your child: the difference it make

If you are a parent or a teacher, you most probably read stories to young children. Together, you laugh and point at the pictures. You engage them with a few simple questions. And they respond. So what happens to children … Continue reading

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Playing with your Children: Should You, and If So, How?

If you Google around the Internet with such search phrase as “playing with children,” you will find lots of experts telling you how important parent-child play is for both parties. They describe it as a way for you to bond … Continue reading

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Raising Kids and Running a Household: How Working Parents Share the Load

Family life is changing, and so, too, is the role mothers and fathers play at work and at home. As more mothers have entered the workforce in the past several decades, the share of two-parent households in which both parents … Continue reading

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The Paleo Guide to Parenting

She and Wolf belong to a subgroup of moms and dads who practice what they call “Paleo parenting.” Just as Paleo dieters assume a mismatch between human biology and the food culture of the post-industrial West, Paleo parents believe that … Continue reading

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The Secret to Raising Smart Kids

Many people assume that superior intelligence or ability is a key to success. But more than three decades of research shows that an overemphasis on intellect or talent—and the implication that such traits are innate and fixed—leaves people vulnerable to … Continue reading

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Latino fathers and parenting: lessons learned

Puerto Rican fathers and Latino fathers in general gave us many lessons for fatherhood research that we can learn from. In conclusion, fathers were excited to be asked about their opinions about parenting. The men expressed that often they feel … Continue reading

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