Parenting advice has too often been based on a nebulous mix of guesswork and opinion. Thanks to researchers around the world, we now have the results of numerous longitudinal cohort studies, in which children have been followed from infancy through adulthood. Following the same individuals for 30 years or longer, researchers have studied what styles of parenting are most likely to lead to good outcomes, to young people who are happy and fulfilled. Researchers have also studied what parenting styles are most likely to lead to bad outcomes: young people who are anxious, or depressed, or unemployed, or incarcerated. From this research, we can distill evidence-based guidelines to improve the odds for your daughter or your son.
In this presentation, I raise and answer questions such as: