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Published: Monday, Feb. 11 2013 5:00 a.m. MST

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Saratoga Springs, UT

WoW! How much did this study cost? These are the types of studies that we are spending money on, no wonder we are in a huge debt. C'mon, really? Because a Mom directs her child in a manner of correct nature, teaching her child, this is somehow detrimental to the child and their future. This has got to be the most ridiculous study I have ever seen.

Salt Lake City, UT

[the most ridiculous study I have ever seen.]

Well, you seem to have a generally negative attitude toward science (and spending money on it), so I doubt you read too many studies to begin with.

Studies like this may help us better understand the cycle of inter-generational poverty. Seems like a noble enough topic to me.

[Because a Mom directs her child in a manner of correct nature, teaching her child, this is somehow detrimental to the child and their future.]

The question is: Is it really so important that a toddler stick a plastic cow through a plastic barn door, rather than let it try sending the toy through the plastic window? Is it better to let the child explore absurd things during play? Does it lead to greater creativity to allow a child to try something for themselves, rather than being constantly corrected, during a safe activity like play? And will the child take the mother's constant corrections less serious in non-play contexts, like when they are told not to touch the stove?

I think this study opens up a lot of interesting questions, which is what real science does.

Wasatch Front, UT


I agree wholeheartedly. Parenting is not something we have spent enough time researching. I am not a researcher in the field, but have suspected for years that over-parenting does almost as much harm as it does good. It is still better than uninvolved parenting, but is far short of what a good parent can do.

We don't need to go back to the 80's when everyone was trying to be their child's best friend, but we can base our interactions with our children on mutual respect and trust. Respect and trust are the foundation for being able to positively influence a child. Too many parents, unfortunately, destroy trust and respect, and as a result lose the opportunity to have greater positive influence in the child's life.

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