Headline, March 18 2019/ ''' '' PARENTING* -STUDENTS- PARENTHESIS '' '''




LAST YEAR WHEN PATRICK ISHIIZUKA PUBLISHED a parenting study, he set off another round of discussion about we call good parenting and who is able to do it.

The study looked at the results of a nationally representative survey in the United States in which parents were presented with fictional vignettes about elementary school-age children; alternately responses suggested that two different parental schools : ''concerted cultivation'' and ''natural growth.''

The parents taking the survey were asked to rate the choices of the parents in the vignettes from poor to excellent.

Dr. Ishizuka, now an assistant professor of sociology at Washington University in St-Louis, said the previous studies had shown large differences in parental behaviours according to socioeconomic status and education, and he wanted to ask if those are ''differences in the ways parents conceive of good parenting, or time and money constrains, with more stressors that low income parents face in their daily lives.'

''The vast majority of parents view this intensive parenting style as the best, as very preferable to other parenting styles,'' Dr. Ishizuka said. ''Both men and women strongly support it, whether the parents in the vignette is the the mother or father.''

One example involves a child who complains that she's been feeling bored after school. As a mother of three and a pediatrician, would I vote for offering extracurricular activities or go with what my own mother might have said :

''Go outside and play!'' or should I look up for a write-in space to answer what I would actually have said : ''The house is full of books!''

In another vignette, a boy asks his busy mom to draw pictures with him. Well, there's the good [intensive] parental response : She stops what she's doing and sit down to draw with him, then offers him art lessons.

But what I would have done, without question, would have been Option 2 - tell him you're busy right now and suggest he work on his drawings 

I wasn't really such a hands-off parent - except when I was. Being a parent is not actually a separate activity - or avocation, or vocation - it's generally part of daily life, and you have your good moments and your bad moments.

The experts who study parents are interested in how we spend those moments.

''If you really look in time diary data, on average, parents are not spending hours a day during these kinds of developmentally stimulating things with their kids,'' said Ariel Kalil, a professor at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago and the first author on an influential study of parental time use that showed that differences across the socioeconomic spectrum have increased over time.

Rebecca Ryan, a professor of psychology at Georgetown, who was a co-author on that study, said that with children 3 to 5 years old, college-educated mothers spent on average 14 minutes a day in teaching activities, whereas mothers with a high school degree or less spent about five minutes a day.

So the individual amounts are relatively small, but when you multiply those differences through the endless [or-all-too-short] days of child rearing, they can be profound.

''Whatever the myth of hyperparenting is, there is basically no parent who spends two hours a day reading ot doing puzzles,'' Dr. Kalil said. The average amount of time parents spend a day is between 20 and 30 minutes.

The Honor and Serving of the Latest Global Operational Research on Raising Children, continues. The World Students Society thanks author, Lerri Klass, M.D.

With respectful dedication to the Granddparents, Parents, Students, Professors and Teachers of the world.

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