This week in parenting: 23/7/14

 A study has shown that authoritative fathers were beneficial to their children's well being throughout a variety of custody arrangements. However, a different study found that the nature of involvement of a father following a divorce, depended on mother characteristics and the nature of the divorce as well as on features of the father and child.

study from Iran shows that parents with a high degree of marital conflict were more likely to value authoritarian parenting and less likely to control the activities of their children.

A study has shown that teenagers whose of parents are controlling are more likely to be fearful of negative evaluation, particularly in gifted children.

Parental punitiveness and monitoring has been found to be linked to adolescent problem behaviour, particularly when there have been problems adjusting to school. Maternal punitiveness has also been found to be related to adolescent depression, particularly when their is low self esteem.

A study of teenagers in China has found that the use of psychological control was linked to increased adolescent smoking while parental knowledge of adolescent activities and home rules was linked to decreased smoking.

study has shown that over time parents are less likely to discipline adolescent drinking, less likely to communicate the consequences of drinking and more likely to grant permission to drink with an increase in adolescent drinking over the same time frame.

A study has found that an increase in parent's motivation to do something about their child's weight was significantly increased with a decrease in child consumption of sweetened beverages and sweets, increased consumption of artificially sweetened beverages and decreased child BMI.

More times spent outdoors has been found to be associated with higher fitness levels and higher cardirespiratory fitness as well as less sedentary time in teenagers.

Remember to look after yourself as well. A study has shown that depression in a mother when the baby is between 6 and 36 months of age can negatively affect their social cognition in first grade.


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