Emerging Adults • Science of Parenting • Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

Emerging Adults • Science of Parenting • Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

Each stage of life encourages all of us to learn skills and adapt to our surroundings. Teens finish high school and make plans for the next big adventure, whether it is college, trade school, or entry into the world of work. These milestones in the life of an emerging young adult are just the beginning … Read more

Problems with Potty Training, Constipation, Bedwetting, and Preschool Policies (with Dr. Steven Hodges)

Problems with Potty Training, Constipation, Bedwetting, and Preschool Policies (with Dr. Steven Hodges)

Janet Lansbury:  And by bladder issues, do you mean accidents or bedwetting? Steve Hodges:  Name it. Daytime wetting, bedwetting, UTIs, sometimes urgency frequency, dysuria, any kind of bladder dysfunction in a kid, almost any kind can be attributed to bowel dysfunction. The interesting part is when I first got this data together, I was like: … Read more

How I’m talking to my white-passing kids about Asian phobia

How I'm talking to my white-passing kids about Asian phobia

When I became a parent, I was determined to raise my multiracial family with a respect and love for their Asian culture. But there’s no doubt our whiteness provides a protective barrier against anti-Asian phobia. The past year has called on my husband and I to reassess how we talk to our kids about what’s … Read more

Choosing Positive Discipline • Science of Parenting • Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

Choosing Positive Discipline • Science of Parenting • Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

Guiding and directing children as they grow and develop is a serious endeavor for parents. We know family values are usually at the heart of all rules, boundaries, and limits that parents set for their children. Research in family science has a lot to say about what works around discipline. According to two decades of … Read more

ADHD Signs Hidden in Plain Sight: Overlooked Symptoms

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Though it manifests in disparate and dichotomous ways, ADHD is often associated with only a handful of stereotypical behaviors and presentations. So when not-so-obvious ADHD symptoms show up in broad daylight, they may go ignored or misdiagnosed. Then, when subtle-but-lifelong symptoms of ADHD explode (as they are likely to do) under unique and stressful circumstances, … Read more

A new royal baby was born this week—on the bathroom floor!

A new royal baby was born this week—on the bathroom floor!

The Queen’s tenth great-grandchild came barrelling into the world like many third children: fast and furious. We’ve come to expect a certain level of pageantry when royal babies are born—picture Prince William and Kate, with a fresh blowout, emerging on the steps of the Lindo Wing with a little bundle in tow and posing for … Read more