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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 endeavor 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 the “right way,” but rather it’s there to complement 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.
Parenting Research Basics…Start Here
In the midst of our busy lives, we sometimes forget about the big picture. These articles address the deeper questions about the purpose of parenting and why we should even care about child development research.
What is the Best Style of Parenting?
This is probably one of the most common questions parents have: what is the best style of parenting. While each person’s definition of “best” might be different, research does help inform our decisions and goals regarding parenting approaches.
Research-Based Parenting Resources
If you’re reading this blog, you probably have some interest in research-based parenting guidance rather than just opinions. All these resources provide support and guidance based on the best research.
Common Parenting Challenges
As we go about our parenting journey, many challenges emerge. From sleep to technology to discipline, all the challenges are ones that research can help us understand.
Becoming a mother is one of the most life-altering decision I’ve experienced (and maybe you too!). These resources provide a some insight and research about the ups and downs of motherhood.
This is just a small snippet of the amazing parenting research that is out there. Although I cannot cover every parenting topic, I hope to provide some research-based guidance with this blog. Enjoy!
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