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NPR
4 min read

Moms Need Social Support, And Not Just In The Baby Years

Raising children is a task that requires extensive "on-the-job" training, which is why many women rely on new moms groups for parenting support and guidance. Often, however, as the kids get older, the mothers' friendships fall by the wayside. Now, new research indicates that social support isn't just valuable for mothers of young children, it's beneficial for moms of teens, too. The study, published this spring in the journal Family Process, suggests that these support networks may help mothers develop closer relationships with their teens. "Having someone to talk to about your children is ess
The Atlantic
9 min read
Relationships & Parenting

D.C.'s Misguided Attempt to Regulate Daycare

In Washington, D.C., daycare for infants and children younger than preschool-age costs $23,000 per child on average, only $2,000 less than the countrywide average for out-of-state college tuition. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, in her latest State of the District address, said high child-care costs are a major factor driving people out of the city. Prices upwards of $2,000 per month can be a tough prospect even for relatively well-off parents. For poorer parents, these costs are out of the question, and government assistance in the form of vouchers and other programs often isn’t enough to make up t
NPR
2 min read
Relationships & Parenting

The Neurobiology Of Father's Day Cards

Last week at the supermarket, my daughter pulled me aside to choose a Father's Day card for her daddy. Helping her read the cards was easy; explaining them to her was not (especially the funny ones). So when we got home, I did what any scientifically minded parent would do: I looked to the scientific literature for answers. I was lucky enough to find a journal article published just this month on the neurobiology of fatherhood. It clarified quite a lot. So here, without further ado, is what I learned about the neurobiological underpinnings of some common Father's Day card greetings. "You're o