Tag Archives: Parenting and Child Development

Nature v Nuture in Parenting Studies: the nurture side has adopted the strategy of ignoring the debate

Take a look at this article (if you want). It’s another article about parenting in The Atlantic. This time the claim is that less attentive parents cause their children to have smaller brains.* * Not every report on these studies is so … Continue reading

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The Power of Conventional Narrative: The Atlantic makes a strange error in an article on parenting and social mobility

Once again demonstrating that entrenched narratives on parenting can blot-out contradictory data, The Atlantic just ran one of those general-interest-publication-reviews-a-scientific-study articles, this time on social mobility generally, and (in passing) on parenting. It’s a well-written piece, but the author of … Continue reading

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How do we assess the harm of yelling at your kids? Part 2

Last week we took a look at a report in Slate on a new academic study on the relationship between parental yelling and adolescent misbehavior. One finding of the study was a correlation between “harsh verbal discipline” from  parents and … Continue reading

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How do we assess the harm of yelling at your kids? Part 1

To hear Slate tell it, even fairly normal parent-child interactions (involving a raised voice) can allegedly cause serious mental health problems for kids. The Slate review of an academic study provided the following takeaways: 1) yelling and bratty behavior reinforced each other, 2) … Continue reading

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Another story on birth-order effects.

Another story on birth-order effects, this time in Slate. The problem with this study can be summarized in one of the authors’ sentences: While the data does not contain complete information on grades, it does include information on mothers’ perceptions of … Continue reading

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