Parental Preference

Parenting Skills

It is common for young children to prefer one parent to the other. This preference can be attributed to a variety of factors, both genetic and environmental, including temperament similarities between parent and child, spending more time with one parent, or big events going on in the family, such as the birth of a new sibling. It can also be about a child’s need to test whether or not he has control over who takes care of him and gives him attention. Temperament similarities can be both beneficial and challenging for the parent-child relationship.  For example, an introverted parent and… Continue Reading

Posted by Karen Friedland-Brown on August 6, 2012

Kids Don’t Come with Instruction Manuals

Parenting Skills

There’s no shortage of media outlets warning parents that what they’re doing is wrong. From provocative magazine covers espousing the dangers of attachment parenting to newspaper coverage of psychopathic 9-year olds, mainstream media profits from parental fear and self-doubt. What’s missing from these water-cooler discussions is the basic fact that kids don’t come with instruction manuals. Parenting is a life-long process: an art, a learned skill, and a science. The early years are the laboratory years. Which parenting tools work with your particular child? Does she share your worldview, or does she think like your mom-in-law? Why did my first… Continue Reading

Posted by Heidi Emberling on July 10, 2012

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