The results of such secular child-rearing are encouraging. Studies have found that secular teenagers are far less likely to care what the “cool kids” think, or express a need to fit in with them, than their religious peers. When these teens mature into “godless” adults, they exhibit less racism than their religious counterparts, according to a 2010 Duke University study. Many psychological studies show that secular grownups tend to be less vengeful, less nationalistic, less militarist...
We Are Different Parents With Each Child
As the parent, you remember your first child well: They were the one you watched to make sure they were breathing in their crib, the baby you breastfed and/or sterilized bottles for and carried most of the time. That child is the only child that will ever have his or her parents completely to his/her self; all other children have to share.
If you think about it, firstborn children enter a family of adults who are proud of their every progress and frigh...
The state of the family changes with the birth of the first child, and continues to change with the subsequent children so that each child experiences a different parenting style in the same family.
If a smaller number of families raise children, however, why do the children have to be their
own? Why not a system under which "professional parents" take on the childrearing function
Raising children, after all, requires skills that are by no means universal. We don't let
"just anyone" perform brain surgery or, for that matter, sell stocks and bonds. Even the lowest
ranking civil servant is required to pass tests proving competence. Yet we allow virtually
anyone, almost without...
The idea that we should have people who work as parents because they are good at it, like we have with day-cares.
In the mid-1960s, Baumrind published her ideas on parenting, a framework so robust that researchers still use it today. You can think of her ideas as the four styles of child-rearing. Baumrind described two dimensions in parenting, each on a continuum:
• Responsiveness. This is the degree to which parents respond to their kids with support, warmth and acceptance. Warm parents mostly communicate their affection for their kids. Hostile parents mostly communicate their rejection of their ...
Combinations of Responsive and Demanding behaviors in parents, with Responsive and Demanding parents being the best.