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New Research: Put Your Child’s Needs First and Feel Happier

<a href="/articles/new-research-put-your-child%E2%80%99s-needs-first-and-feel-happier">New Research: Put Your Child’s Needs First and Feel Happier</a>

Growing research is pointing to what many people on a community-minded path have already discovered – investing in the wellbeing of others leads to improved wellbeing in oneself. And now, new parenting research reveals it is the 'child-centric' parents i.e. those who put their child’s needs before their own, who are enjoying more feelings of fulfillment and happiness from parenthood. Read full article

Free Range Parenting - Lucky To Have the Choice

<a href="/blogs/michelle-higgins/2013/09/18/free-range-parenting-lucky-to-have-the-choice">Free Range Parenting - Lucky To Have the Choice</a>

Jennifer Finney Boylan writes "We want to shield our children, but it's the worst thing we can do." She talks about her son's exchange trip in his senior year to Cape Town, of allowing him to bungee jump and sky dive, and knowing that in allowing our children to take calculated risks we build resilience, "the courage they need when those perils arise." We need to be mindful that when we grapple with how to provide our kids with opportunities to experience calculated risk ... what we are often talking about is less a problem than a product of our privilege. Read full article

Helicopter Parenting - Why Is It Still the Mother's Fault?

<a href="/blogs/2012/12/14/helicopter-parenting-why-is-it-still-the-mothers-fault">Helicopter Parenting - Why Is It Still the Mother&#039;s Fault?</a>

I live in a small town way out in the country where – it’s true – debates about helicopter parenting are pretty rare. Here packs of sunburned kids ride helmetless around our winding roads, the wind blowing through their sweaty hair, the sun reflecting off their freckled faces...When Catherine Deveny decries helicopter parents and all their associated neuroses, she avoids the very persistent reality for many mothers: that of an oppressive sense of responsibility. Read full article