Many parents continue to think that spanking children makes them better behaved. A pioneering study shows that this belief is misguided and that parental warmth, unlike spanking, is the way to create positive child behaviors.
Researchers found that a more important influence on the adopted child is how the family manages conflicts.
Speaking your first language at home provides important advantages in child development, reading and educational attainment.
Why do some adolescents take risks around dangerous driving, sexual behaviour and alcohol, yet shrink from taking a chance when it’s time to ask questions or speak up in class?
Finding the coping mechanisms make a difference to long-term outcomes.
“Many parents say they plan to stop corporal punishment of their children after a parenting skills program.”
The key predictor of antisocial behavior and violent crime (as opposed to nonviolent crime) is poor emotion regulation in early childhood.
Parents can help by also being curious, providing good answers and hosting open-ended conversations.
Preschool care should be universally available and offer the services that families need from pregnancy.
A key question is how a parent names different emotions that the child experiences, enabling the child to recognise and manage them better.
A family systems approach to parental alienation is recommended, involving victims and perpetrator.
When a father supports a toddler’s autonomy, the child is likely to show better executive function at the age of five and so be readier for school.
“Study shows a correlation between screen time at age of 3 and missed early childhood development milestones at 5.”
For every level of trauma children of divorce report, how they cope in the rest of their lives is likely to be less if they have low self-esteem.
New data on test scores of five-year olds suggest supporting parents to balance work and care, and providing subsidised preschool daycare, could help to limit the consequences of income inequality for children.
Controlling parenting is counterproductive, undermining children’s self-regulation and their capacities for responsibility.