What does research say about raising “great” kids (daughter’s needs)?

Not all kids are raised under the same circumstances. For example, some have two biological parents, others no biological parents at all, and yet, these children are not at a disadvantage. As of late, large bodies of research on biological child-and-parent relationships within and across genders has highlighted a range of “needs” mothers and fathers or other guardians are able to fulfill for children. Of course, there is more to “the story,” each represents one piece of a complex puzzle between parent and child. If one of these items goes unmet, it does not mean that a child is in jeopardy or cannot have a meaningful relationship with parents or guardians, or with others. In July, we will read about a daughter’s needs. In August, we will look at what a son’s needs are.

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School Anxiety After COVID

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Avoid the Summer Slide of 2021!

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