By shortcuts, I don’t mean shortchanging your child. What I mean is to take advantage of what are already known by scientists. Parenting is one of the most researched fields in psychology. Many parenting practices or traditions have been scientifically researched, verified, refined or refuted. For good scientific parenting skills andRead More →

What is your goal in raising a child? If you’re like most parents, you want your child to do well in school, be productive, be responsible and independent, enjoy meaningful relationships with you and others, be caring and compassionate, and have a happy, healthy and fulfilling life. But how much time doRead More →

Let your child know that you’ll always be there for them by being responsive to the child’s signals and sensitive to their needs. Support and accept your child as an individual. Be a warm, safe haven for your child to explore from. Children raised by parents who are consistently responsiveRead More →

Babies are born with around 100 billion brain cells (neurons) with relatively little connections. These connections create our thoughts, drive our actions, shape our personalities and basically determine who we are. They are created, strengthened and “sculpted” through experiences across our lives. Give your child positive experiences. They will have the abilityRead More →

Show your love. There is no such thing as loving your child too much. Loving them cannot spoil them.  Only what you choose to do (or give) in the name of love can — things like material indulgence, leniency, low expectation and over-protection. When these things are given in placeRead More →

Walk the walk. Don’t just tell your child what you want them to do. Show them. Human is a special species in part because we can learn by imitation. We  are programmed to copy other’s actions to understand them and to incorporate them into our own. Children in particular watch everythingRead More →

Neglectful parenting is one of the most harmful styles of parenting that can be used on a child. Neglectful parenting is unlike the other styles in that parents rarely fluctuate naturally into neglectful parenting as a response to child behavior. If a parent recognizes themselves as a neglectful parent, or ifRead More →

Permissive parenting, also known as indulgent parenting is another potentially harmful style of parenting. These parents are responsive but not demanding. These parents tend to be lenient while trying to avoid confrontation. The benefit of this parenting style is that they are usually very nurturing and loving. The negatives, however,Read More →

Authoritarian parenting, also called strict parenting, is characterized by parents who are demanding but not responsive. Authoritarian parents allow for little open dialogue between parent and child and expect children to follow a strict set of rules and expectations. They usually rely on punishment to demand obedience or teach aRead More →

Authoritative parenting is widely regarded as the most effective and beneficial parenting style for normal children. Authoritative parents are easy to recognize, as they are marked by the high expectations that they have of their children, but temper these expectations with understanding a support for their children as well. ThisRead More →