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Questions tagged [parenting]

The process of promoting and supporting the physical, emotional, social, and intellectual development of a child from infancy to adulthood.

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Will leaving a baby to cry cause brain damage? [duplicate]

According to some news articles I found, leaving a baby to cry can cause brain damage: The guardian: "Leaving baby to cry could damage brain development, parenting guru claims" Leaving a ...
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Can repeatedly turning on and off lights cause a fire? [closed]

The old and pretty common tail told by parents to their children is something similar to "If you keep switching the light on and off you will start a fire!". Is this even possible? If so, are there ...
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Does drinking in moderation with parents increase the chances of alcoholism?

In this thread on Parenting Stack Exchange, a comment was made: it turned out that 'drinking with parents in moderation' increased the chances for alcoholism in later life. Is there any basis to ...
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Are second children more likely to be troublemakers?

I saw this on Facebook, it is a repeat of something I've heard all my life. People believe that second children are more likely to be "troublemakers" (or insubordinate) than the other children of the ...
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Is 'elimination communication' a common traditional way to 'toilet-train' babies in non-Western countries?

('toilet-train' in the loosest sense, obviously, I didn't want to write 'avoid getting poo all over the house' in the question title...) I saw this line in an article about "elimination communication"...
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Are 30% of all putative fathers who take paternity tests not the biological father of their children?

There is a 30% statistical figure quoted in several sites listed below that states almost one in three of the men tested are not the real father of the woman's child. Today 30% of DNA paternity ...
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Do children raised by mothers who choose to conceive as single parents suffer relative to children of traditional nuclear familes?

As I side effect of my volunteer work, I run into many single mothers by choice (call them SMBC for now). These are single women who choose to conceive with the intent to raise the child as a single ...
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Are new parents generally unhappy?

According to this article on Vice giving birth, and raising a child for at least the first few years, makes the parent miserable/unhappy. A horrifying study published last week in the journal ...
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Does shaking breastmilk damage it?

My wife just came back from a breastfeeding clinic where the health visitor admonished mothers for shaking their breastmilk rather than stirring it when preparing a bottle. Apparently it "denatures ...
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Is smoking marijuana while breast feeding dangerous?

This site claims: Mothers that cannot quit smoking marijuana ( who have a marijuana dependency ) can continue to breastfeed as long as they do not expose their babies to the secondhand smoke. ...
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Do infants have fussy periods at well-established periods after birth?

This idea was shared with me tonight by the mother of a 6-month old. The Wonder Weeks is a book that describes the mental development of babies. In particular, it claims that mental development ...
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Does forcing a young child to smoke a cigarette discourage longer term use?

I have heard that giving your kid a cigarette when they are very little and forcing them to smoke the whole thing will make them have a bad memory of the event and make them less likely to smoke in ...
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Is waiting until 6 months to introduce solids to babies better?

Lately I've been hearing a lot of people saying that the advice to start solids between 4-6 months is out of date. For example, KellyMom, a usually fairly respected parenting resource says: Health ...
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Does taking paternity leave make you live longer?

I've just come across the following PubMed article (referenced here and here) which claims that taking paternity leave causes one to live longer: It has also been suggested that paternity leave [......
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Is 80% of childs intelligence acquired from mother? [duplicate]

Several articles on internet claim that 80% of child's intelligence is acquired from mother. however not providing any scientific publications. Is it really true? source: http://brooklynmutt.com/post/...
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Is “co-sleeping” (infant sleeps in bed with parents) safe?

Among some circles, co-sleeping is highly advocated for newborns/infants due to ease of breastfeeding and potential developmental bonding to the mother (for more examples, read about proposed ...
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Does Elimination communication work and can it be practiced in a modern society?

Is the method of Elimination communication to bring up a baby without using diapers real and working? And since it was "taken" from primitive tribes where the mother is with the baby 24/7 for a long ...
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Can't spoil a young baby with attention?

Your Baby's First Year by the American Academy of Pediatrics[1], in a chapter about very young babies, includes the following paragraph: The best way to handle crying is to respond promptly to your ...
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Benefits and detriments of attachment parenting

Attachment parenting (AP) is often succinctly defined as “Parents focus on forming strong emotional bonds with their children as they grow, using techniques such as co-sleeping, baby wearing and ...
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Are children raised in single parent households more prone to sexual abuse?

This article in the Catholic Education Resource Center claims In the United States, the media and opinion makers have finally come to recognize that unwed pregnancy is a major source of social ...
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Is the month of conception an important factor in a child's success?

This is a claim (or, rather, an hypothesis) made by Scott Adams in a recent blog post, "Parenting that Makes a Difference": My hypothesis is that the month you conceive is the most important ...
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Does playing popular video games improve a child's IQ?

This article claims a study shows that the cognitive abilities of 60-77 year olds can be helped by playing two weeks of World of Warcraft. This article quotes a navy researcher as saying adults ...
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Is exclusive breastfeeding better than breast milk+formula, in developed countries?

I would like to know whether exclusive breastfeeding is shown to be better than a combination of breast milk and formula, in developed countries. The current advice of the World Health Organization (...
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Can the current trends in 'mommy social culture' be tied to an increase in alcohol abuse?

I've recently come across an article that implies that the popularity of wine in conjunction with parenting is resulting in more mothers developing alcohol problems: “So many women I know started ...
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Is allowing an infant to cry harmful to its development? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is sleep training a form of neglect or harmful? One of the most popular schools of thought regarding modern parenting is that not immediately responding to an infant's (...
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How necessary is crawling for proper childhood development?

I thought about posting this at parenting.SE and might cross-link to it, but for now I see it as somewhat of a claim that's tossed around and in the same bucket as some others (like not standing too ...
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Do teddy bears help people go to sleep better?

There are so many kids in this world who go to sleep with teddy bears and dolls. It seems like they need these toys to go off to Dreamland. I just recently realised this because my own child, about ...
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Does religious influence at young age affect later development of general critical faculties?

Does anybody know if there is any study of a link between being religiously influenced at a young age and later general ability for critical thinking? I mean ASIDE from the context of the specific ...
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Is there a negative correlation between parenthood and pet ownership?

That's what a friend of mime recently stated. I.e. if one owns a pet one is less likely to be parent and vice-versa. Are there any data available to support such a claim? I'm sceptical, because there ...
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Is spanking an effective form of discipline for children?

I have heard many claims that spanking is ineffective for disciplining kids? Is there any research to confirm or deny this?