Conflicting advice on how to best parent your child

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Conflicting advice on how to best parent your child

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One of the things that parents worry most about is how am I doing as a parent. And when their child seems to not be doing well, for example, during a touchpoint of development, when they start to fall apart, they start to wonder, am I doing this right? Why is it that everybody else seems to know how to parent my child except for me? And of course, everybody has an opinion about what a parent should do. And most of the opinions conflict with each other and often with what the parent wants to do. And I'm really worried that we've contributed to the sense that there are all of these parenting experts, all kinds of places where people can go to find out how to be parents for their children, not for other people's children. And what usually pulls parents through is looking within theirselves to follow their own instincts. And then really looking closely at their own child. The child's behavior, their understanding of their child, and their understanding of themselves and their values that they bring to parenting are most important in guiding them through the common challenges of parenting a child.

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Joshua Sparrow, MD

Child Psychiatrist & Author brazeltontouchpoints.org

A child psychiatrist, Dr. Sparrow’s care in the 1990s for children hospitalized for severe psychiatric disturbances, often associated with physical and sexual abuse, and for developmental delays aggravated by social and economic deprivation, prompted his interest in community-based prevention and health promotion. At the Brazelton Touchpoints Center, his work focuses on cultural adaptations of family support programs, organizational professional development, and aligning systems of care with community strengths and priorities, and has included collaborative consultation with the Harlem Children's Zone and American Indian Early Head Start Programs, among many others. He has lectured extensively nationally and internationally on related topics and has consulted on media programming for children and parents, including PBS’s Frontlines and Discovery Kids. Co-author with Dr. T. Berry Brazelton of 8 books and the weekly New York Times Syndicated column, “Families Today,” Dr. Sparrow has also served as a contributing editor to Scholastic Services’ Parent and Child magazine. In 2006, he revised with Dr. Brazelton Touchpoints: Birth to Three, 2nd Edition and in 2010, co-edited Nurturing Children and Families: Building on the Legacy of T. B. Brazelton, a textbook on the ongoing generativeness of Brazelton’s seminal research in a wide range of fields. Dr. Sparrow has authored numerous other scholarly works, teaches and lectures nationally and internationally, and is frequently called upon for his expertise by national and international media. Prior to attending medical school, Dr. Sparrow worked for several years as a preschool teacher and journalist in New York City.

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