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Before starting grad school, I hadn’t really considered how much parenting research was out there. We hear snippets of research related to parenting in the news from time to time. In reality, however, there are volumes, books, journal and libraries full of parenting research.
Should we imply from this that parenting is so difficult an endevour that we need this much research? On the contrary, I think this massive amount of research speaks to the importance of parenting in our world. We enter our parenting journey with love in our hearts. Along the way, our task of parenting becomes a bit more complex and we have many questions.
That’s where research comes into play. To my mind, the research is not meant to tell us how to parent in “right way,” but rather it’s there to compliment our innate parental intuition. We can use research to guide our decision making, to gain more insight into our children’s behavior, and to learn more about how children develop.
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