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Talk About Parenting? How to Open the Conversation

Posted by Marilee Comfort on Fri, Dec 11, 2015 @ 02:41 PM

If you haven’t already looked at the November 2015 issue of the Zero to Three Journal, then this holiday season may be the right time. It opens with a thought-provoking article on parents’ reactions to current messages about parenting challenges and opportunities, exactly what the holidays bring with the increased interactions with extended family. This article, Parenting in the 2000s: Learning From Millenial Moms and Dads [Claire Lerner (2015). Zero To Three Journal, vol. 36(2), pages 2-7.] summarizes the thoughts and feelings of 34 mothers and fathers of young children about key messages currently relayed to parents about raising healthy children and preventing their abuse. The millennial generation of parents (ages mid 20s to 30s) represents 80% of the caregivers for the approximately 4 million US babies born per year. They have the benefit of media messaging on the importance of experiences in the early years for children’s readiness for school and their long-term health and development. Zero To Three wanted to hear some honest discussions of what these messages mean to millennial parents. 

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Tags: Parenting Assessment, parenting stress, infant mental health, nurturing parenting, parenting messaging