Knowing which parenting experts to trust

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Knowing which parenting experts to trust

The most trustworthy parenting experts share some important traits that parents can look at pretty quickly. First, check someone's credential. See if they have the proper experience and training that matches what they're talking about. So if an expert is telling you that toxins during pregnancy lead to learning disability, then you should check whether they're working for an environmental organization, for example. Also, the best experts don't make blanket statements that apply to all children, all families, all parents, under every condition. In general, the best experts recognize that all research has limitations and weaknesses and basically they acknowledge the uncertainty in all of human behavior and research.

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Polly Palumbo, PhD, is a former research psychologist and founder of Momma Data, a non-profit organization that tracks the parenting media and checks on the scientific evidence behind claims about children’s health and well-being. As a research consultant, she reviews and decodes studies for parents, educators, journalists and organizations. In the past she’s conducted and collaborated on numerous research projects in psychology, health and education across academia, government and the private sector and has co-authored articles in leading academic journals and texts.  As an outspoken critic of the parenting media, the only thing she enjoys better than reading a great study is debunking a bad one on her Momma Data blog. It’s her mission to flush out misinformation in the media and coach parents how to judge news and evidence about kids.      

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